Campanula rotundifolia L.
Campanula rotundifolia L. ssp. groenlandica (Berlin) Á. Löve & D. Löve
Campanula rotundifolia L. ssp. intercedens (Witasek) Á. Löve & D. Löve
Campanula alaskana (A. Gray) W. Wight ex J.P. Anderson
Campanula dubia A. DC.
Campanula gieseckiana Vest ex Schult.
Campanula gieseckiana Vest ex Schult. var. arctica (Lange) Böcher
Campanula gieseckiana Vest ex Schult. ssp. groenlandica (Berlin) Böcher
Campanula groenlandica Berlin
Campanula heterodoxa Bong.
Campanula intercedens Witasek
Campanula petiolata A. DC.
Campanula rotundifolia L. var. alaskana A. Gray
Campanula rotundifolia L. var. alpina Tuck.
Campanula rotundifolia L. var. arctica Lange
Campanula rotundifolia L. var. intercedens (Witasek) Farw.
Campanula rotundifolia L. var. lancifolia Mert. & W.D.J. Koch
Campanula rotundifolia L. var. petiolata (A. DC.) J.K. Henry
Campanula rotundifolia L. var. velutina A. DC.
Campanula sacajaweana M. Peck
Campanula rotundifolia L. ssp. groenlandica (Berlin) A. Löve & D. Löve
Campanula rotundifolia L. ssp. intercedens (Witasek) A. Löve & D. Löve
Bluebell, harebell, bluebell bellflower
You may be thinking that this plant has a few more scientific names than it actually needs. I know I am.
I don’t do heights. While trying to recover a frisbee from the shallow roof of my ranch house back in my 20s, I spent a half-hour hugging the asphalt, unable to move forward or backward. So when I spied these bluebells poking out of a granite outcrop in Acadia National Park, then noticed the abyss underneath, it didn’t seem too likely that I would reach them. But I persevered, bulky camera and flash swinging pendulously as I clambered over the rock faces. I inserted myself into the deepest crack I could find and waited, avoiding the view, for the wind to die down. Finally, oblivious to the personal risk, I got a few good photos. (My wife, who has no fear of heights, reviewed my account with a touch of skepticism. “Drama king” was one term she used. But I’m sticking to my account.)
Identification: Bluebells are North American natives that bloom between June and October, well past many other flowers. Plants are up to 15" (38 cm) high. The beautiful five-petaled bells are distinctive. Often they appear bent over (“nodding”) on their fragile stems, looking all the more like delicate bells. Each flower is about ¾-1¼" (1.9-3.2 cm) long. Leaves are long and narrow.
Campanula rotundifolia on Missouriplants.com
Campanula rotundifolia at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Campanula rotundifolia on Wikipedia
Campanula rotundifolia on CalPhotos
Campanula rotundifolia at Illinois Wildflowers
Campanula rotundifolia on Montana Plant Life
Campanula rotundifolia on Wikimedia Commons
Campanula rotundifolia on SEINet—the Southwest Environmental Information Network
Campanula rotundifolia description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.