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.
Genus Campanula, family Campanulaceae (the bellflower family): many species, including the Eurasian clustered bellflower (C. glomerata) and the harebell
- ‘The chairs drawn up to the dining-room table are inlaid with strings of bellflowers suspended from rings, testifying to their Baltimore origin.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
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