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Bellflower, city, United States


city (1990 pop. 61,815), Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1957. It is mainly residential with some light industry (fabricated metal products, steel foundry, rubber goods).

bellflower, in botany




name commonly used as a comprehensive term for members of the Campanulaceae, a family of chiefly herbaceous annuals or perennials of wide distribution, characteristically found on dry slopes in temperate and subtropical areas. Members of the large genus Campanula, predominantly of the Northern Hemisphere, are called campanulas, bellflowers (for the delicate, bell-shaped blossoms), or bluebells (for the prevailing color of the flowers). Among the most popular cultivated species are the harebell, or bluebell of Scotland (C. rotundifolia), native to Eurasia and North America, and the Canterbury bells (C. medium), native to S Europe. (The names bluebell and harebell are also used for Scilla nonscripta of the lily family.) Venus's looking-glass (genus Specularia) is found in the Mediterranean area and throughout North America. The giant bellflower (Ostrowskya magnifica), native to central Asia, attains a height of 8 ft (2.4 m); it is cultivated in the Puget Sound region. The family Lobeliaceae (lobelia family) is grouped with the bellflower family as a single taxonomic unit. The bellflower family is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Campanulales.
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Star shaped blue flowers. Leaf tea used for cough and lung issues. Leaves and flowers edible, have sweet taste. Good in salads.


A bell-shaped floral ornament; commonly, one of a string of such decorative elements.
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Tall or short, spreading or compact - for variety of form in a flowering plant, it's hard to surpass the bellflower (Campanula).