Hello everyone and welcome to our new series about wildflowers. This is, of course, wildflowers of our area, however, many may also be found where you live. If not, you get to see some of the beauty of our northern forests and fields. Today’s wildflower is the “Harebell”, but is also known by numerous other names around the world including; bluebell of Scotland, bellflower, heathbells, Lady’s thimbles, and dead men’s bells. That last one is a bit odd. These are very delicate flowers found all over the northern hemisphere. They have very thin stems and leaves, flowers are about an inch (2.5cm) long. They are very hardy and grow in very poor soil conditions often times, they actually seem to prefer it. They can grow in a crack in rock, survive hot dry conditions and bloom all summer. The leaves can be eaten raw in salads and are very nutritious. This is one of my all time favorite wildflowers and I never get tired of taking pictures of them. They are not blooming yet here and usually don’t start until June. I hope you all have a wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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