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bluebell,

common name for several plants belonging to completely different classes, particularly the bellflowerbellflower
or bluebell,
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.
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 and the Virginia cowslip, or Virginia bluebell, of the family Boraginaceae (borageborage
, common name for the Boraginaceae, a family of widely distributed herbs and some tropical shrubs or trees characterized by rough or hairy stems, four-part fruits, and usually fragrant blossoms.
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 family) and the wood hyacinth, a squill of the family Liliaceae (lilylily,
common name for the Liliaceae, a plant family numbering several thousand species of as many as 300 genera, widely distributed over the earth and particularly abundant in warm temperate and tropical regions.
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 family). Bluebells of the former family are 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 Lamiales, while those of the latter are in the same division but in the class Liliatae, order Liliopsida.

bluebell

symbol of loyalty. [Plant Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 172]
See: Loyalty

bluebell

1. a European liliaceous woodland plant, Hyacinthoides (or Endymion) non-scripta, having a one-sided cluster of blue bell-shaped flowers
2. a similar and related plant, hispanica, widely grown in gardens and becoming naturalized
3. a Scot name for harebell
4. any of various other plants with blue bell-shaped flowers
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Our native bluebell is under threat from the invading Spanish bluebell, so help protect the species by only purchasing the native variety.
Nina Waterson, Hereford: If it has white pollen, it is a white form of the native bluebell.
The reference to and hostility toward the Spanish bluebells is due to the fact that our beautiful traditional bluebell is under threat from an aggressive hybrid (Hyacinthoides x massartiana), the product of cross-breeding between the native bluebell and the Spanish variety (Hyacinthoides hispanica).
Then we realised the Spanish bluebell was hybridising with the native and this was what people were being sold in garden centres," the botanist said.
The wild bluebell, Hyacinthoides non-scripta, gives the countryside a splash of spring colour, looking stunning in the grass under trees with white or grey bark such as the British native birch.
Hole Park in Kent has a bluebell barometer to tell visitors exactly what stage their magnificent flowers are at - at the moment it's level 4, which means all bluebells are out and in full bloom.
ZOE CHAMBERLAIN visits 20 bluebell woods in Birmingham and beyond CARPETS of bluebells are starting to bloom across the Midlands as a joyful sign that spring is here.
The Bluebell, on Acklam Road, reopened on Saturday after the refurbishment - which has created 14 new jobs.
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A NEW show home is blooming at Barratt Mercia's Bluebell development in Nuneaton.