This delicate blue wild flower is called the Scottish bluebell but can be found around most of the UK in summer.
|Common Names||Harebells, Scottish Bluebells, Witch's Bells, Devils Bell, Fairy Thimbles, Old Mans Bell|
|Scientific Name||Campanula rotundifolia|
The basal leaves are round to heart shaped with a bluntly toothed edge, as the leaves grow up the stem they become very narrow and will start to loose the toothed edge.
The delicate bell shaped flowers are made up of five triangular petals that are most often lavender blue but can be white or pink. Harebells bloom in summer but the seeds can stay on the plant into autumn.
Prefers dry, poor soil on grasslands, open hedgerows, meadows, beside paths or even permanent sand dunes.
Locally common throughout the UK.
The flowers make a beautiful addition to a salad and the leaves can be added to salads or steamed as a green.
Has been used to produce a blue dye for tartan.
Witches are supposed to have used the flowers to transform themselves into hares and if eaten by non witches can help people see fairies in the underworld.