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Bellflower,

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

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. 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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bellflower

Star shaped blue flowers. Leaf tea used for cough and lung issues. Leaves and flowers edible, have sweet taste. Good in salads.
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bellflower

A bell-shaped floral ornament; commonly, one of a string of such decorative elements.
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Campanula persicifolia, the peach-leaved bellflower, has long been a favourite at Glebe Cottage.
BELL OF SUMMER BALL Campanula persicifolia, peach-leaved bellflower
But in the Virginia woodland where the bellflowers grow, Galloway and her colleagues found that sunny patches are typically 12 m in diameter.
The Galloway team then checked to see whether bellflowers might preset a seed for its likely light regimens.
The bellflowers seem to be programming their seeds for success in yet another way, Galloway says.
Bellflower seeds have no gliding or hitchhiking powers, so initially they just drop to the ground.
Bellflower seeds from sunny morns were more likely to sprout in the sun, and seeds from shady moms excelled in shade.
The name means peach-leaved bellflower, which accurately describes the narrow leaves and perfect handbell-shaped flowers of the single varieties.
Few Welsh plants are rarer or have suffered a more dramatic decline than the spreading bellflower. Always a scarce plant, it is now officially endangered, according to the UK red data list of threatened plants.
The story begins with the establishment of a joint spreading bellflower conservation project.
As they strolled through a meadow a kilometre from the first site, Natasha remarked that in Europe spreading bellflower is sometimes found in hay meadows.
The spreading bellflower may be on the ropes, but it is not out yet.