Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Asterales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Read more about American Harebell at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
Harebell, Bluebell, Bluebell-of-Scotland, Scotch Harebell
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Jeff Ausmus jma_camrot3
April Monroe County MI
Stem leaves narrow and grass-like, but basal leaves rather round, hence the name "rotundifolia", per US Forest Service "Plant of the Week".
Jeff Ausmus jma_camrot
June Oscoda County MI
Roscommon State Forest Area: Big Creek Township
Formerly used in the manufacture of blue dye for tartans and the symbol of the MacDonald clan, per US Forest Service "Plant of the Week".
Jeff Ausmus jma_camrot2
June Monroe County MI
Flowers are about 3/4" long, bell shaped with 5 slightly flaring pointed lobes, per www.minnesotawildflowers.info.
Jeff Ausmus jma_camrot4
July Monroe County MI
A long style protrudes from the flower's center, its tip split into 3 parts, per www.minnesotawildflowers.info.
JK Marlow jkm0509f_2930
September Greenville County SC
The stem terminates in either a solitary flower, or a short raceme of 2-3 flowers, per www.illinoiswildflowers.info.
Native to North Carolina
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DOES THE PLANT HAVE "MILKY SAP"?
Has milky sap (latex)
Alternate (basal leaves usually absent or withered at flowering)
Pale blue to violet to bright purple
5-lobed campanulate corolla
Inflorescence a diffuse panicle (with at least 2 orders of branching)
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Newcomb's Wildflower Guide (Newcomb, 1977) p196
- Wildflowers of the Eastern United States (Duncan & Duncan, 1999) p102
If a search such as "Carex leptalea var. leptalea" doesn't deliver the results you want, try "Carex leptalea".
Or, to minimize chances of a misspelling, try just "Carex le".
Less is more: If "pencil flower" doesn't deliver the results you want, try "pencil".