Campanula rotundifolia is most commonly referred to as the Scottish bluebell or harebell.
These flowers are a favourite with many people and deservedly so. Their delicate papery flowers nod happily in a breeze. They are often found in large clumps, adding a lovely splash of light blue to a meadow or woodland.
As they flower from July to September, they are out long after many of our wildflowers so really make an impact. They also provide a late source of nectar for bees.
But it’s not just the wildlife and people that enjoy harebells. Fairy folk and witches are strongly associated with these flowers in folklore. A patch of harebells is a favourite home for fairies and if one is to walk through such a clump, the fairies cast spells on the perpetrator, giving this flower the names of Dead Man’s Bells and Fairies’ thimbles.
It was a strong belief that witches could turn in to hares to avoid detection. Many believed this flower was used in the spell to transform them. Others thought the juice of a crushed flower was used in the spell to make them fly.
Bye for now,
Rhian (Seasonal Ranger)