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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.
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bluebell

symbol of loyalty. [Plant Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 172]
See: Loyalty
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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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an pu th mbl Their presence in ancient woodland sites also indicates that the original bluebells in that woodland could well be over 400 years als th old.
"If you check that every bluebell is blue you will soon give up.
The bluebell viewing ceremony was the latest stage in an epic fundraising challenge that has seen trustee Brian Burnie complete 3,000 miles of his two-year, 7,000-mile walk around the entire coastal path of Great Britain and Ireland.
A quarter of the Trust's woodland is ancient or semi-natural; the ideal habitats for bluebells. Here are six bluebells facts highighted by the Trust you may not know: | The bluebell has many names: English bluebell, wild hyacinth, wood bell, bell bottle, Cuckoo's Boots, Wood Hyacinth, Lady's Nightcap and Witches' Thimbles, Hyacinthoides non-scripta | It is against the law to intentionally pick, uproot or destroy bluebells | If you plant bluebells, you should make sure it's the English bluebell, not the Spanish version.
Keeper's Cottage Bluebell Wood has attracted more than 1,000 visitors over the past three years and raised more than PS6,000 for NGS charities.
You may have some growing in your garden - either by design or accident - and you may see isolated patches of bluebells growing in green spaces around the town.
Our native bluebells, which droop over on their stems, bob around in the breeze giving the impression that this is a moving sea of blue flowers.
There is something magical about bluebells. With their sudden, mystical takeover of ancient woodlands the flowers have long been linked to the fantasy fairy-world.
MOSELEY BOG Yardley Wood Road, Moseley, B13 9JX This nature reserve is packed with plants, wildlife, old gnarled trees and stunning displays of bluebells each spring.
Bluebells can survive dense shade with enough sunlight during crucial weeks of growth and flowering.