The Bellflower Family

There are about 84 genera with over 2,400 species in this family. Most of them are native to cool, temperate regions of the world while some are found in the mountains in tropical zones. The family includes primarily herbaceous perennials but there are a few trees and shrubs also. The flowers have five parts.


Ladybell
Bellflowers
Rock Bells or
Grassy Bells
Blue Star Creeper
Blue Star Creeper
Cardinal Flower
Balloon Flower
Blue Star Creeper
Bosnian Bellflower

Note on Taxonomy - Plant taxonomy is the art and science of classifying plants into groupings in order to help people make sense of the huge diversity found in the world. The people who do this for a living are called taxonomists. They are continually evaluating and re-evaluating how plants are classified. For example, with the recent emergence of DNA analysis, many plants have been changing classification.

Also, there is no one, single universal classification system for plants. Rather, there is a lot of debate among taxonomists which may lead to confusion for the average gardener. That is why, in these family listings, you often see the words "about" or "around" when counting the number of genera or species to include. It is also why new families are created and some of the old ones suddenly fade away. So, don't be surprised if you find slightly different information at other sites or sources. Oh, well.

 

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