One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plant with bell-shaped flowers that are typically blue, purple, or white, many kinds being cultivated as ornamentals.
- ‘When summer-flowering perennials such as bellflowers, geraniums, lychnis, Shasta daisies, and spiderworts finish blooming and start to look tattered, cut back their stems to the rosette of new foliage at the base of the plants.’
- ‘The chairs drawn up to the dining-room table are inlaid with strings of bellflowers suspended from rings, testifying to their Baltimore origin.’
- ‘When new leaves appear, divide asters, bellflowers, chrysanthemums, daylilies, sedums, Shasta daisies, and yarrow.’
- ‘Brecknockshire prefers the Spreading bellflower, while Cardiganshire opts for the Bog-rosemary.’
- ‘In the far corner of this view of the hall is a rare late eighteenth-century corner table, probably from Rhode Island, inlaid with exuberant bellflowers on the legs.’
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