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In this article, we'll take a look at a handful of delightful flowers that are shaped like bells.
Please note that some of these flowers are toxic, but I will mention that fact if it is relevant when I discuss each flower.
If you know other flowers resembling bells that I've missed, please add them to the comments so I can research them and add them to this article.
9 Flowers That Look Like Bells
- White Mountain Heather
- Angel's Trumpet
- Lily of the Valley
- Canterbury Bells
- Twin Flower
- Swamp Doghobble
Scientific name: Galanthus
These beautiful white flowers remind me of the flowers that appear in Tinker Bell movies because of their shape. I don't quite consider these to be bell-shaped once the flowers are fully open, but when the bulbs are still closed and just about to open, they do very much look like bells.
Anyway, snowdrops are also known as galanthus, which in Latin means "milk-white flowers." A winter flower, snowdrops are always white, and there are 75 different varieties. Most will bloom in the winter season and some bloom in early spring. But as the spring season ends, snowdrop bulbs go dormant. They sleep underground until it is time to wake up again and display their beautiful blooms.
2. White Mountain Heather
Scientific name: Cassiope mertensiana
This evergreen shrub that displays bell-like flowers grows up to 12 inches in height. Blooms appear in the summer season. The flowers sprout a 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.
3. Angel's Trumpet
Scientific name: Brugmansia
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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 has a pleasing scent—apart from the red variety, which lacks a fragrance. It's great in gardens, as it flowers all year round in warm climates.
Be careful though, as this is a poisonous plant.
4. Lily of the Valley
Scientific name: 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 5–15 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.
5. Canterbury Bells
Scientific name: Gloxinia perennis
A biennial plant that grows up to 36 inches in height, Canterbury bells do 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 their 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 Wal-Mart a few times in the past. Fortunately, I got one healthy plant and hope to see it flower.)
Scientific name: Digitalis
Foxglove is a biennial plant where the flowers bloom on a tall spike. It grows in part sun and shaded areas and comes in a variety of colors: white, yellow, pink, and purple.
Other common names for foxglove include: witches' gloves, fairy thimbles, fairy bells, throatwort, scotch mercury, dead men's bells, fairy cap, popdock, dog's finger, lion's mouth, and rabbit's flower, among others!
If you choose to grow this plant, however, be careful as it is poisonous. More specifically, the leaves, flowers, sap, and seeds are poisonous.
7. Twin Flower
Scientific name: Linnaea borealis
Named after Carl Linnaeus, twin flower is a creeping, evergreen perennial.
Why is it called or named twin flower? If you look closely, you would see that this small, delicate flower comes in pairs in either pink or white from its long stems.
8. Swamp Doghobble
Scientific name: Eubotrys racemosa
This shrub grows in partly shaded areas and bears beautiful, white, bell-shaped flowers that dangle into its stalk and measure about 4–16 inches long.
As the name suggests, swamp doghobble thrives in wetlands, as it likes moist places such as swamps and shady areas of woodlands. Some other names for swamp doghobble are swamp bells, fetter bush, and sweet bells leucothe, as the blossoms are sweetly scented and can last for months.
Be careful, however, as most parts of the plant are poisonous to animals when ingested. It may cause some adverse reactions to humans as well.
Scientific name: Hyacinthoides nonscripta
Named after the harebell in Scotland, bluebells are sweet-scented flowers that bloom in the spring.
This delicate perennial plant carries its flowers on its 20-inch-tall stem and can cover a woodland in a beautiful lavender color (just like the photo below).
The flowers vary in colors as there are pink and white ones, aside from the common 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.
Cats4life on June 25, 2020:
They are a absolutely beautiful I love bluebells
MA on April 28, 2020:
I JUAT BOUGHT A FLWER AT THE STORE & IT HAS HUGE BLUE BELL FLOWERS & I CANT FIND THE NAME. ANY IDEAS?
Subhashree on May 27, 2019:
Thanks for making this
Steve Scott on May 01, 2019:
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
Gwenda Malnati on March 23, 2019:
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.
kaushelendra singh on February 21, 2016:
All flowers are very nice
lily on April 23, 2012:
i like lily of the valley cause it has my name in it and it is gorgeus with a capital g
precy anza (author) from USA on February 23, 2012:
Yeah. Foxglove comes in many colors too. :) I like those and the Lily of the Valley.
precy anza (author) from USA on February 23, 2012:
Thank you! Glad you like those flower images. :)
Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on February 15, 2012:
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.
hoteltravel from Thailand on February 15, 2012:
Beautiful images to go with great info. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.