Harebell

(Campanula rotundifolia) It is said that the plant is dedicated to St George; in former times, blue was worn on St George's Day, 23 April (Friend):

On St George's Day, when blue is worn, The blue harebells the field adorn.

That is all very well, but harebell is not normally in flower in April - it is a flower of high summer. Perhaps another plant is meant - the common bluebell, perhaps?

As some of the local names suggest (Witch Bells, Witches' Thimble, etc.,), this is a witch plant, not to be picked (Coats. 1975). Perhaps the belief arose by a misunderstanding of the common name; hares have always been witch animals. Harebell is OE hara, hairy, a reference to the thread-like stalks.

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