Wild Harris

Harebell

Harebell 2 LCampbell.jpgHarebell    (Photo: Laurie Campbell)

There are no hares in Harris, but there are plenty of harebells.  In Scotland it is often called the bluebell. 

It is very common on the machair, especially where the soil is dry and sandy. 

It has a beautiful, delicate, papery blue flower – but don’t be fooled into thinking that it is not very strong.  In places you can see it pushing its way through tarmac!

 Harebell 1 LCampbell.jpgHarebell    (Photo: Laurie Campbell)

When the flower dies it dries up and the seeds are scattered by the wind.

The harebell has supernatural connections –the bell-shaped flowers were said to be goblin’s thimbles and it is called harebell as the hare is a witch’s pet.

by Alison Tyler