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Harebell Campanula rotundifolia

Campanula rotundifolia (harebell) is a perennial flowering plant in the bellflower family. In Scotland, it is often known as the bluebell (elsewhere in Britain, bluebell refers to Hyacinthoides non-scripta).

A well known and favourite wild flower, which can be easily spotted in short grassland and roadside verges.

The flowers appear between July and October and have five violet-blue, pink, or white petals fused together into a bell shape, about 15 mm long and have five long, pointed green sepals behind them. The petal lobes are triangular and curve outwards. They bloom on long thin stems either singly or in loose clusters.

The flowers are usually pollinated by bees, but can self-pollinate.

Like all members of the campanula family, this plant exudes white latex when injured or broken.

Campanula rotundifolia is the County Flower of Yorkshire, Antrim & Dumfriesshire.

You can adopt a seed from this species for £250. Your donation will be used towards the work of the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership, ensuring this species is kept safe in the vaults forever, and to collect more species in the future.

In addition to receiving your adoption pack featuring your certificate and photograph of the species (this will be posted to you, or the recipient), you will be invited to the County Flower sponsor's event at the Millennium Seed Bank, Wakehurst where you can meet the staff and see the vaults where your species is stored.

If you have any questions, please contact Jill Taylor on 020 8332 3248 or email j.taylor@kew.org.

 

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