bluebell, common name for several plants belonging to completely different classes, particularly the bellflower and the Virginia cowslip, or Virginia bluebell, of the family Boraginaceae (borage family) and the wood hyacinth, a squill of the family Liliaceae (lily family). Bluebells of the former family are classified in the division Magnoliophyta, 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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