Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)

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  1.   1.  Description
  2.   2.  Obtainment
  3.   3.  Uses
  4.   4.  Medicinal
  5.   5.  More
  6.   6.  'Souls
Common Name Harebell
Latin Name Campanula rotundifolia
Icon(s) Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)
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1.  Description

Harebell is rhizomatous perennial flowering plant in the bellflower family native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. It is native to dry, nutrient-poor grassland and heaths; rocky slopes are sometimes colonized. The plant often successfully grows in cracks in walls or cliff faces.

Leaves are rounded to heart-shaped, usually slightly toothed. They often wither early. Leaves on flowering stems are long and thin and the upper ones are unstemmed. Flowers have five violet-blue, pink, or white petals fused together into a bell shape, about 15 mm (0.6 in) long. They bloom on long thin stems either singly or in loose clusters from late spring to autumn.

2.  Obtainment

Common. Frequently cultivated by humans, harebells are found throughout the territories and in a large number.

3.  Uses

  • Dyes: Blue, purple, etc. can be obtained from the flowers.
  • Latex: All parts of the plant exude white latex when injured or broken.

4.  Medicinal

"The root of common harebell was used medicinally by the Cree Indians among others. It was chewed in the treatment of heart and lung problems. An infusion of the roots has been used as ear drops for a sore ear by the Chippewa Indians. The Thompson Indians used a decoction of the plant to be drunk or used as a wash in the treatment of sore eyes." [1]

5.  More

6.  'Souls

  • Hey, did your character do something cool with this plant?
  • Or maybe your pack has it for trade?

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