Wahlenbergia capensisCommon name: Cape Bluebell

Meaning of name: Wahlenbergia is named in honour of Goran Wahlenberg (1780 – 1851), professor of botany at Uppsala. Capensis refers to the Cape Colony, or southern Africa generally.

Distribution: Widespread from Geraldton to Ravensthorpe.

Remarks: An annual herb to 50 centimetres tall. The blue flowers are produced from September to November. Native to the Cape Province, South Africa.

References: Western Weeds, A Guide to the Weeds of Western Australia. BMJ Hussey, GJ Keighery, J Dodd, SG Lloyd, RD Cousens. 1997.

Western Australian Plant Names and their Meanings, a Glossary. FA Sharp. 1996.

Flora of the Perth Region. NG Marchant, JR Wheeler, BL Rye, EM Bennett, NS Lander, TD Macfarlane. 1987.