Author: Barrett Hardin

Photograph courtesy of Univ. of Georgia Herbarium. Copyright Dept. of Botany, Univ. of Georgia, Athens. All rights reserved. Photographed using Kodachrome. Photographer unknown.

Table of Contents

  • Higher Taxa
  • Description
  • Authority
  • Natural History
  • Geography
  • How to Encounter
  • References

Common Names:
-Southern harebell
-Southern bellflower
-Southern Bluebell
-Small bonny

Higher Taxa
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Order : Campanulales
Genus :
Species: divaricata

Description: (Cited from Wild Flowers of the United States by Harold William Ricket.)
Campanulaceae- "Campana" is Latin for "Bell".  This Family of Plants have 5 petals joined into a bell or spreading into a five lobed disk, generally blue or white.  Three stigmas a top a single style while the ovary is inferior.  The fruit is contained in a capsule which usually spreads its seeds through pores on it's sides.
Campanula divaricata:  Stem erect, glaborous, paniculately branched, slender, 3-9 dm high; leaves lanceolate, ovate or oblong lanceolate, the upper most linear, sharply serrate, aate, narrowed to the base, 5-7.5 cm long, 6-24 mm wide or the lowest commonly shorter and broader; Flowers very numerous in compound panicles, drooping, slender -pediceled; calyx lobes lancelolate, acute, scarcely spreading, corolla light blue, campanulate, about 6 mm long; style long exserted; capsule turbinate about 5 mm long opening near the middle.  This flower blooms from July-September in dry rocky woods from western Maryland to Kentucky and southward to Georgia and

Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778)
For Campanulaceae  in May 1753.

Leon hart Fuchs coined the name for Campanula.

Andre Michaux (1746-1802) named Campanla divaricata as a species existing in the Carolina Mountains.

Natural History: There is 14 week germination period for Campanula.  The natural flowering period is June-September. The soil is most often well drained and gritty with a pH of 5.5 and 6.5.  The fruit of campanula is found in a capsule which usually sheds its many seeds through pores in its sides.

                                                 Campanula divaricata

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