All Those Bell-Shaped Flowers

Updated on November 13, 2019
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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 posted a photo of a bell-shaped flower that she had seen while taking a walk. I haven'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 them here in the list. Also, in case I had forgotten some other plants, just state it in the comments so I can add them here in the list.

Snowdrops
Snowdrops | Source

Snowdrops

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/Western moss heather
White mountain heather/Western moss heather | Source

White Mountain Heather

Cassiope mertensiana

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.

Angel's trumpet
Angel's trumpet | Source

Angel's Trumpet

Brugmansia

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 | Source

Lily of the Valley

Convallaria majalis

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.

Canterbury bells
Canterbury bells | Source

Canterbury Bells

Gloxinia perennis

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.)

Foxglove
Foxglove | Source

Foxglove

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.

Twin flower
Twin flower | Source

Twinflower

Linnaea borealis

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.

Swamp doghobble
Swamp doghobble | Source

Swamp Doghobble

Eubotrys racemosa

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.

Bluebells
Bluebells | Source

Bluebells

Hyacinthoides-nonscripta

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.

A bluebells field.
A bluebells field. | Source

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.

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      Subhashree 

      6 months ago

      Thanks for making this

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      Steve Scott 

      7 months ago

      Hello,

      I have a plant that looks like an Iris with small drooping blooms that look like bells? Any help identifying would be appreciated, thanks Steve

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      Gwenda Malnati 

      8 months ago

      I just sent you an email. Your snowdrop picture is not of a snowdrop. It is a picture of a Leucojum vernum. There are two types of Leucojum, Leucojum aestivum and Leucojum vernum. Google the names to see pictures of both. I have an area of Leucojum aestivum planted in my garden and my parents had snowdrops in an area of their yard so I recognize the difference.

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      kaushelendra singh 

      3 years ago

      All flowers are very nice

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      lily 

      7 years ago

      i like lily of the valley cause it has my name in it and it is gorgeus with a capital g

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      precy anza 

      7 years ago from USA

      Yeah. Foxglove comes in many colors too. :) I like those and the Lily of the Valley.

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      precy anza 

      7 years ago from USA

      Thank you! Glad you like those flower images. :)

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      Dolores Monet 

      7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Oh I love this - what a great idea for a hub. My favorite is the foxglove. You could add to this one for quite some time.

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      hoteltravel 

      7 years ago from Thailand

      Beautiful images to go with great info. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.

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