Bluebells of Scotland
Bluebells look like girls in bonnets with their heads bowed in prayer. Bluebells are slender plants, with many large, violet blue, bell shaped , nodding flowers. Spread by rhizomes, they bloom in July and August and grow to be 8 to 14 inches tall. The leaves on the stem are long, narrow, and dark green. They look like the arms of the girls in prayer. The basal leaves are rounded in shape and about 1 1/4 inches across. There is a window on the back of the flower that allows the sun to heat up the inside, which speeds up the reproduction of the seeds. Bees will often puncture this window to get the nectar out.
Bluebells grow in well drained grassy habitats and rocky bluffs at lower to mid-elevations in coastal areas of southeastern and central Alaska.
Created by Kailey
Photos by Verna Pratt, used permission, edited by Kailey