bluebell

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.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

More on bluebell from Fact Monster:

  • bellflower, in botany - bellflower bellflower or bluebell,name commonly used as a comprehensive term for members of the ...
  • Virginia bluebell - Virginia bluebell: Virginia bluebell: see borage.
  • borage - borage borage , common name for the Boraginaceae, a family of widely distributed herbs and some ...
  • Magnoliophyta: Class Magnoliopsida (Dicotyledons) - Class Magnoliopsida (Dicotyledons) Plants of this class usually have two seed leaves, or ...
  • squill - squill squill, common name for two genera of Old World bulbous plants of the family Liliaceae (lily ...

See more Encyclopedia articles on: Plants