Campanula rotundifolia

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Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Harebell, Bluebell, Scottish Bluebell, Bluebell of Scotland, Bluebell Bellflower
    Synonyms: Campanula alaskana, Campanula dubia, Campanula gieseckiana, Campanula groenlandica, Campanula heterodoxa, Campanula intercedens, Campanula petiolata, Campanula sacajaweana
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 3 - 8
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: June - October
    Status: Native

Campanula rotundifolia, or Harebell, is native to the northern half of US, as well as part of the southwest. It grows in dry, sandy soil of open woods, bluffs, slopes and along roads and railroads, usually in acidic soil. It begins blooming in early summer and can continue through early fall. It has medium-sized bell-shaped blue flowers.

There are a number of Campanula species in the United States, but most of them are in the Western United States. Of those that grow in the same range, none look much like Campanula rotundifolia. Campanula aparinoides has white flowers, sticky, spindly leaves and grows in wet habitats; Campanula divaricata only overlaps a very small part, but looks quite different as it has many small, blue flowers with petals that curve backward; meanwhile, Campanula rotundifolia has only a few larger flowers, whose petals do not curve. See photo below for comparison.

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