Definition of Oconee bells in English:

Oconee bells


  • A small herbaceous plant, Shortia galacifolia (family Diapensiaceae), found in the southern Appalachians (where it is very rare) and cultivated elsewhere as a rockery plant for its small, white, bell-shaped flowers and evergreen foliage, resembling that of galax.


1920s; earliest use found in Standardized Plant Names. From the name of Oconee County, South Carolina + the plural of bell.


Oconee bells

/əˌkəʊni ˈbɛlz/