Canterbury bells

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Canterbury bells:

see 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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Canterbury bells

fairies’ church bells; relied on for vigilance. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 167]
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