Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Bluebell Harebell

On 20 April 2019, near Olympia, Erika and I found Bluebell Harebells, Campanula rotundifolia. In parts of Europe, harebells are associated with witches. Apparently witches transformed themselves into hares by drinking harebell juice. It is bad news if one of these hares crosses your path. Other names for the plant are Witch’s Thimble and Dead Mens’ Bells. The Haida People of the Pacific Northwest called this Blue Rain Flowers—picking them causes rain.

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