Wild hyacinth (Endymion nonscriptus)
Any plant of the genus Endymion
, in the lily family
, native to Eurasia. Bluebell, or wild hyacinth (E. nonscriptus
), and Spanish bluebell (E. hispanicus
), bearing clusters of bell-shaped blue flowers, are cultivated as garden ornamentals; some authorities place them in the related genus Scilla
of the same family. Many other plants are commonly known as bluebells, including species of the genera Campanula
, and Clematis
. In the U.S. the name bluebell is usually reserved for Mertensia virginica
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