Montana Outdoors

July 26, 2011

White Harebell

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 7:53 pm

I have read that a white harebell is rather rare and this is the first that I can remember seeing.

White Harebell

White Harebell

White Harebell

Harebell ~ Campanula rotundifolia


  1. That is a lovely flower. I have never seen a white one, either.


    Comment by kateri — July 26, 2011 @ 8:30 pm

    • This must be my year for white flowers. I’ve seen white shooting stars, white lupines and a white Clarkia this year too.


      Comment by Montucky — July 26, 2011 @ 9:04 pm

  2. Nice find, and stunning capture (as usual)! I’ve never seen a white harebell.


    Comment by jomegat — July 26, 2011 @ 8:41 pm

    • This is the first I’ve seen, and there was just the one. I nearly stepped on it or I would not have seen it!


      Comment by Montucky — July 26, 2011 @ 9:05 pm

  3. Now that you know where it is, it might be fun to mark its position and the date found and see if you can find it there next year. Beautiful flower.


    Comment by anniespickns — July 27, 2011 @ 6:43 am

    • That would have been a great idea had it occurred to me at the time! The date was captured by my camera and the general location is in my notes, but the exact spot was about a mile up a very steep trail and I will not likely return there again this year. Also the odds are, as with other wildflowers I have tried to keep track of in the past, a member of the wildlife fraternity has probably already eaten it!


      Comment by Montucky — July 27, 2011 @ 10:28 pm

      • Still it might be fun to search the general area next year to see.


        Comment by anniespickns — July 29, 2011 @ 6:59 am

        • I do plan an outing on that trail next year, and I’m sure it will stay on my mind.


          Comment by Montucky — July 29, 2011 @ 10:02 pm

  4. Hi Montucky, It sure does look very bell-like in shape. It is a beauty. Excellent shot! Have a spectacularly wonderful day!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — July 27, 2011 @ 7:31 am

    • Thanks wildlifewatcher! I really like Harebells and they are blooming everywhere in the forests right now. Beautiful flowers!


      Comment by Montucky — July 27, 2011 @ 10:30 pm

  5. I’ve read about these in wildflower guides but, come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve ever seen one. Nice photographs.


    Comment by knightofswords — July 27, 2011 @ 9:14 am

  6. Lucky find! 🙂


    Comment by thedailyclick — July 27, 2011 @ 2:20 pm

    • It certainly was! Makes me wonder how many I’ve missed seeing over the years.


      Comment by Montucky — July 27, 2011 @ 10:33 pm

  7. Now I am torn. I loved the blue, but this one is gorgeous, too.
    Remember last spring when I photographed the white lady slipper? There were no white ones at all this year. In fact, they were pink in that exact spot.


    Comment by sandy — July 27, 2011 @ 2:51 pm

    • That’s interesting about the lady slippers. Here they seem to be very consistent, always white. I’d love to see a pink one or some of the yellow ones.


      Comment by Montucky — July 27, 2011 @ 10:34 pm

  8. Such a delicate little wildflower. I think I was photographing a blue one yesterday…now, I have to check! Yours is absolutely beautiful.


    Comment by farmhouse stories — July 27, 2011 @ 3:36 pm

    • At least in this location, white ones are very rare. I’ve seen perhaps thousands of the blue ones but only this single white one so far. It was very pretty, but I really prefer the blue ones.


      Comment by Montucky — July 27, 2011 @ 10:36 pm

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    Comment by Paula Tohline Calhoun — July 27, 2011 @ 4:54 pm

    • Thank you for visiting, Paula, and for leaving such a nice comment! The story of your gift is just incredible! Beyond a doubt there is a purpose in that sequence of events, and you will fulfill it. That selection of equipment is a photographer’s dream, and will give you a lot of capability! Because of your interest and motivation, I have no doubt that you will acquire skill with it quickly and will enjoy it immensely!

      I started taking pictures simply as a way of showing my wife some of the beautiful things that I see when I’m out in Montana’s wild country since she is physically unable to go there with me. When I started this blog I soon discovered that other folks also enjoyed seeing some of the scenery far away from the cities and I think it is quite worthwhile to show some of the incredibly beauty of this world in which we live.


      Comment by Montucky — July 27, 2011 @ 10:57 pm

  10. I’m glad you shot it instead of stepping on it… such a beautiful little thing!


    Comment by kcjewel — July 27, 2011 @ 6:44 pm

    • I am too! The blossom was just large enough to be easily visible.


      Comment by Montucky — July 27, 2011 @ 10:37 pm

  11. So pretty!


    Comment by Candace — July 27, 2011 @ 7:24 pm

    • They are very delicate blossoms and shaped very much like real bells. I love the color!


      Comment by Montucky — July 27, 2011 @ 10:39 pm

  12. So beautiful harebell.

    I had to check if it is found in Finland, because I have not seen it. Yes, it is in the Northern part of Finland. I am living in the Southern part, so that is why I have not seen it. Your photos are amazing from white harebell; I love them. There is one nice thing when seeing that You call it harebell and we catbell. 🙂


    Comment by sartenada — July 27, 2011 @ 10:52 pm

    • It’s interesting that it grows in Finland, but I’m not surprised to know that it is found in Europe: one of its other common names is “Bluebells of Scotland”. “Catbell” is interesting too. Collecting the common names from different places could be a fascinating study!


      Comment by Montucky — July 27, 2011 @ 11:01 pm

  13. I also have never seen a white harebell, and had not even heard that they existed before now. Your photo is proof. And lovely too.


    Comment by Kim — July 28, 2011 @ 8:50 pm

  14. Beautiful. I’ve only ever seen blue or lilac ones.


    Comment by Val — July 29, 2011 @ 8:14 am

    • Since I saw this one, I keep noticing just how many of the blue ones there are. White must be very rare indeed.


      Comment by Montucky — July 29, 2011 @ 10:03 pm

  15. Very nice looking flowers. I don’t know which one I like best.


    Comment by Ratty — July 30, 2011 @ 3:51 pm

  16. Very unique-looking- I can’t recall seeing anything like it. Lovely!


    Comment by Watching Seasons — July 31, 2011 @ 4:45 pm

  17. I planted both white and blue Campanula grandiflora in my garden a few years back… the blue has run rampant all over the garden whereas the white has not spread very widely at all. Lovely to see the wildflower cousin to the domestic plant!


    Comment by Victoria — August 8, 2011 @ 11:24 am

    • Like most of our other wildflowers, harebells have had a terrific year. They are finishing up now but there are still lots in bloom in the shady, more moist areas.


      Comment by Montucky — August 8, 2011 @ 9:32 pm

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