One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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/
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