Family

Bellflower.

Colour

Blue.

Odour

Scentless.

Range

Mostly north and west.

Time of Bloom

June, July.

Flowers: growing in a raceme on slender flower-stalks. Calyx: tubular; with five, narrow, spiked lobes. Corolla: campanulate, or bell-shaped; five-lobed. Stamens: five. Pistil: one with style that protrudes like a miniature clapper. Leaves: those from root on slender petioles, cordate, or rounded, as the name implies; those on the stem, almost linear. Stem: five to twelve inches high; spreading , slender; smooth.

The harebell has been the sweetheart of many a bard. They have loved and celebrated its tall gracefulness, its exquisite fairness, and its brilliant blue, of a purity that must have dropped from a summer sky. It has all the fragile, bright beauty of a plant of cold, crisp climates, and is said to be identical with the bluebell of Scotland. It is a native of North America, Europe and Asia, and circles the northern pole. With us it prefers to hang from a ledge of rocks over some river, where it may breath the cooling vapours of the water.

Common Harebell Campanula rotundifolia 109