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.
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