Bluebells (Virginia Cowslip)
Fleshy, showy, perennial plants to 2 feet tall, often in large groups. Flowers many, in loose clusters, terminal, hanging like bells, about 1 inch long. Buds pink, turning to light blue on opening. Pink forms are not rare; a white form exists. Blooms March–June. Leaves: lower leaves are long, tapering into stems, broad, ovate, to 5 inches long; stem leaves smaller, elliptical. All leaves bluish-green. This is the only Missouri member of the borage family that is not hairy.