Wahlenbergia gloriosa

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Wahlenbergia gloriosa
Wahlenbergia gloriosa closeup.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Campanulaceae
Genus: Wahlenbergia
Species: W. gloriosa
Binomial name
Wahlenbergia gloriosa
Lothian
Synonyms[1][2]
  • Wahlenbergia marginata var. grandiflora Tuyn

Wahlenbergia gloriosa, commonly known as Royal Bluebell[2] or Royal Bluebird,[2] is an Australian wildflower from the Campanulaceae family. It grows in high rainfall areas in the Australian Alps, in environs ranging from shady roadside cuttings on Mount Hotham to full sun herbfields on the main range.

W. gloriosa has small dark green leaves in rosettes, to 2 cm. The flowers are a deep blue/purple colour, and are very eyecatching. The colour is not reproducible on a computer screen or normal film (being a shade of violet, rather than purple). It grows as a suckering herb. The flower is the floral emblem of the Australian Capital Territory.

Wahlenbergias are generally easily propagated by division or root cutting.

Wahlenbergia gloriosa growing in the wild on Mount Buffalo National Park

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