Harebell

©Bruce Shortland

Harebell

©Amy Lewis

Harebell

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Scientific name: Campanula rotundifolia
The nodding, blue bells of the Harebell are a summer delight of grasslands, sand dunes, hedgerows and cliffs. They are attractive to all kinds of insects, too.

Top facts

Stats

Height: up to 40cm

Conservation status

Common.

When to see

June to October

About

The delicate, nodding bells of the Harebell are one of the prettiest additions to our hedgerows, grasslands, hillsides, sand dunes and cliffs. Flowering between July and September, the Harebell mostly grows on dry, undisturbed ground, but is tolerant of all kinds of habitats. It is regularly visited by bumblebees and Honeybees, providing an autumnal source of nectar for these insects.

What to look for

A creeping perennial, the Harebell has long, trailing stems with small, club-shaped leaves at the base. Its stem leaves are much more elongated, and its blue, bell-shaped flowers hang in clusters at the tips of the stems.

Where to find

Found throughout mainland UK, but scarcer in Northern Ireland.

Did you know?

In Scotland, the Harebell is sometimes known as the 'Bluebell'; elsewhere, it has picked up various local names, including 'Witches' Thimbles' and 'Fairy Bells', alluding to magical associations.