The Royal Bluebell
"The floral emblem of the Australian Capital Territory"
Beautiful Violet Flowers set on long slender stems
Royal Bluebell - (Wahlenbergia gloriosa)
Royal Bluebell has violet blue flowers are up to 2-3 cm in diameter and have a pale centre with blue base of the petals combined with the purple style which ends in two white stigmas. The flowers may be erect or bent over and are on the end of long slender stems. It is a small perennial herb with oblong leaves.
One of the choices for selecting the Royal Blue Bell flower as the state floral emblem of the Australia Capital Territory was because of the abundant growth of the flower in the area.
The Royal Blue Bell Wahlenbergia gloriosa is a smallish perennial herb with oblong shaped leaves that are approximately 2.5 centimetres long. The pretty violet blue flowers that can be up to 2-3 centimetres in diameter with what seems to be like a whitish pale centre all combined together with a hint of purple makes for a very attractive flower.
The Violet Blue is only one of the colours; Blue Mist, Sky Mist, Sky Blue and Fairy Mist, a soft pink colour which is just lovely.
The flowers are on erect or nodding long slender stems, making them an ideal plant for the cottage garden. The bluebells have smallish dainty flowers and can survive long dry periods. They look great when planted in multiples and should be planted in well-drained sunny or part shade rockeries.
They can be Propagate from seeds, cutting or by division. Selected growing areas to be considered, the soil needs to be well-drained and plants placed in sunny or semi-shaded positions in cool regions, and it can be used as a ground cover, The blue bell will also grow well in and in shallow pots or hanging baskets.
Flowering extends from October to March, flowers are short-lived when cut but the potted plants or hanging baskets in flower are very suitable for indoor decoration.
The Royal Bluebell is legally protected its occurrence in the wild and can be found in the sub-alpine woodland in the Australian Capital Territory, south-eastern New South Wales and Victoria.
The Royal Bluebell was officially proclaimed the Australian Capital Territory Floral Emblem on the 26th of May 1982