There is always an airy, cheery loveliness about this bonny blue Highland lassie, that wins our constant affection and admiration. Blue Bells of Scotland! How it tingles the blood to come upon them and to recall that they were the same dear flower. The name fairly rings in our ears as we ponder over their dainty drooping blossoms, which seem to nod in cadence with the murmur or babble of the mountain brook whose moist, rocky banks they love to decorate from June to September. This rather frail, delicate perennial, grows usually from six to twenty inches, or sometimes fully three feet high, from a slender rootstock. The smooth, single, or branching stem is very slender, and frequently several of them spring from the same root. The small, basal leaves are usually round heart-shaped, and mostly toothed, with long, slender stems. They often wither before the flowers are ready to open. The numerous, long upper leaves, which are seated on the stem, are very narrow, smooth and pointed. Several pretty, five-lobed, bell-shaped, hair-stemmed flowers hang downward from a terminal arrangement and dangle coyishly on the swaying, wind-tossed stalk. Their colour varies from purplish to violet blue. Five slender stamens alternate with the spreading lobes of the corolla, beyond which extends the greenish white pistil. The green calyx has five narrow parts. The Hairbells are found in dry or moist, rocky cliffs or in meadows and uplands generally from Labrador to Alaska, south to New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Nebraska, and westward in the mountains to Arizona and California. Also in Europe and Asia.