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Hare Bell (Flower of Memory) (Campanula rotundifolia)

The hare bell is to be distinguished from Bluebells (c. rapunculoides), the latter being a European escapee. The blossom of the blue bell, it seems to me, is much the same as the hare bell but are numerous to the plant coming forth from a spike; whereas the hare Bell are usually single on top of a nodding thread-like stalk. The blossom is about 3/4 of an inch. The corolla is bell shaped with five clefts, or lobes. You will usually find it clinging in the most inaccessible places, such as rock faces, exposed as they are, there to brave the wind. They flower throughout the summer. Catherine Traill wrote of them in 1868, as the Flower of Memory: "when found in lonely spots in Canada [it carries] ... one back in thought to the wild heathery moors or sylvan lanes of the mother country."

Harebell

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Peter Landry

2011