All Those Bell-Shaped Flowers
Let's take a look at all those flowers that are shaped like bells.
I got inspired to write about this when I saw a friend on Facebook post a photo of a bell-shaped flower that she had seen while taking a walk. I hadn't seen this flower before, or I had, but just didn't remember it. I did a little bit of online searching as I got curious to know if I can grow it here in San Diego. It would be lovely to have it growing in our container garden, if possible. I love bell-shaped flowers, so I got the idea of writing an article about all those flowers in their bell-shaped forms.
Some of these are also toxic, but that I will mention along with the flower as I go over it here in the list. Also, in case I have forgotten some other plants, just state it in the comments so I can add them here in the list.
These beautiful white flowers remind me of those flowers depicted in Tinker Bell movies because of their shape. I don't quite consider these as bell-shaped flowers once "fully opened,'' but when the bulbs are still quite closed and just about to open, they are in their bell-shaped form.
Anyway, snowdrops are also known as Galanthus, which in Latin means "milk white flowers". A winter flower, snowdrops only come in white color and come in 75 different varieties. Most will bloom in winter season and some until early spring. But as spring season ends, snowdrop bulbs go dormant. Let's just say it will sleep underground until it is time to wake up again and display its beautiful blooms.
White Mountain Heather
This evergreen shrub that displays bell-shaped flowers grows up to 12 inches in height. Blooms appears in the summer season. The flowers are attached few inches before the end of the stalk, which can reach about 30 millimeters long.
This shrub can be spotted growing on heaths and ridges.
Why is it called Angel's Trumpet? The pendulous, large flowers of this small tree are what inspired the name. They also come in other colors aside from yellow. There's red, orange, green, pink, and white. If you want an addition to your fragrant flower garden, this could be a good choice, too, as Angel's Trumpet is a fragrant flower—apart from the red variety, which lacks in fragrance.
And yeah, before I forget, this is a poisonous plant, but it's great in gardens as it flowers all year round in warm climates.
Lily of the Valley
Lily of the valley is a perennial plant that grows in woodlands. The flowering stems, which can grow up to 30 cm long, display at least 5 to 15 white, scented, bell-shaped flowers in late spring. These pretty flowers then turn into red-colored berries.
Some other names for lily of the valley are May bells, ladder-to-heaven, male lily, Mary's tears, and Our Lady's Tears. The two latter names were derived from a legend that when the Virgin Mother Mary wept during Jesus' crucifixion, lily of the valley sprouted.
One more bit of useful information about this plant is that all parts of it are considered poisonous.
A biennial plant that grows up to 36 inches in height, Canterbury Bells does best in full sun. It can grow in partly shaded areas, too, but its stems may weaken. It displays its beautiful bell-shaped flowers in late to early summer in various colors: blue, purple, pink, and white.
How did Canterbury Bells get its name? It is because of its bell-like flowers, and it's found in the genus Campanula, which means "little bells".
(I tried Canterbury seeds I got from a Walmart a few times in the past. Fortunately, I got one healthy plant and hope to see it flower.)
Digitalis (means finger-like)
Foxglove is a biennial plant which the flower blooms on a tall spike and grows in part sun and shaded areas. It also comes in a variety of color including white, yellow, pink and purple.
Be careful on choosing to grow this plant thou as this is poisonous. That is, the leaves, flowers, saps, and seeds. So let's just say all the plants part so don't even try to taste or eat it as it is highly poisonous when done so. (Yeah, you might think "why would I do that?") You might not be but be watchful of the small children as they are curious about anything. I just read a story about someone getting poisoned and it is scary as it can cause death too when poisoned.
Other common names for foxglove are: Witches gloves, Fairy thimbles, fairy bells, throatwort, Scotch mercury, Dead men's bells, fairy cap, popdock, dogs-finger, lion's-mouth and rabbit's-flower are only some of the names it is known and there's is a lot more.
Named after Carl Linnaeus, twin flower is a creeping, evergreen perennial.
Why is it called or named twinflower? If you look closely, you would see that this small, delicate flowers comes in pairs in either pink or white color from its long stem.
A shrub, growing in part shaded areas that bears beautiful, white bell-shaped flowers that dangles into its stalk about 4 inches to 16 inches long. Swamp doghobble grows up to 10 inches in height and some of the other name the swamp doghobble is known for are fetter-bush and sweet-bells leucothe as the blossoms are sweetly scented that last up for months. Also as the name suggest, "swamp doghobble," and "swamp bells," this shrubs grows into wetlands as it likes moist places such as in the swamps and shady area in the woodlands.
Be careful with sweet-bells as most or some parts of the plants are poisonous to animals when ingested. It might cause some reaction to humans as well.
A Spring bloomer, bluebells are sweet-scented flowers in their blue-lavender color.
This delicate, perennial plant carries the sweet smelling flowers on its 20 inch. tall stem and can cover a woodland into a beautiful lavender color ( just like the photo below.) It's name, bluebells refers to the harebell in the Scotland.
Bluebell flowers varies in colors as there are pink and white, aside from the blue-lavender colored bluebells.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.