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Scientific Name: Campanula rotundifolia
Common Name: Harebell
The delicate, nodding blue bells of Campanula rotundifolia are one of the prettiest additions to our hedgerows, grasslands, hillsides, sand dunes and cliffs. More commonly known as Harebell, they flower between July and September. Harebells grow on dry, mostly undisturbed, ground, but are tolerant of all kinds of habitats.
It is regularly visited by bumblebees and honey bees (Apis mellifera), providing an autumnal source of nectar for these insects. 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. Very common throughout the UK mainland, but less so in Northern Ireland.
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