Campanula scouleri

Well, it seems like I’m doing a series on the plants of Oregon to end the year, so let’s say this is three of five in this series.

Scouler’s harebell or pale bellflower is native to western North America from Alaska to California. This uncommon species is generally found on the west side of the Cascade Mountains. The photographs today, taken from two different locales in early August, reflect the preferred habitats. One was taken in moist woods while the other was from an exposed rocky slope — a bit of an odd combination, if you ask me. Individual plants are small, to 40cm tall, and infrequently cultivated.

As these were the first two times I encountered this species, I would normally have spent more time photographing it, but rain on both days limited the time I was willing to spend on any one thing. For more images, either visit the Burke Museum’s page on Campanula scouleri or the Oregon Flora Project’s page on Campanula scouleri.

Campanula scouleri
Campanula scouleri

12 responses to “Campanula scouleri”

  1. Vicki

    Wonderful photography there!!!!! Thank you!!!

  2. Clayton

    Sometimes it is better not to have too much time to take a good photograph! Both great photos.

  3. Eric in SF

    What do you know about the scouleri epithet? We have the incredible Silene scouleri up at Point Reyes National Seashore.
    I really like the second, water droplet filled photo.

  4. Dottie

    Beautiful little flower.My heart skips a beat.

  5. Quin

    Eric – Dr. John Scouler, Scottish physician (what else?!) and plantsman of the Pacific Northwest and other new world locations – fellow of such people as Douglas, Ross, and Tolmie…..

  6. lah

    where can I get full size originals???
    cool pics thanks.

  7. Daniel Mosquin

    Thanks Quin.
    Lah, it’s rare that I post the full-size originals, and time is precious for me at the moment to do so. Maybe if I remember in the new year.

  8. jane

    Oh, these are just impossibly dear!

  9. linda miller

    How delicate and the dew drops are so beautiful. Thank you for this lovely present today!

  10. Bonnie

    What a pretty flower and the photography is simply great on the rain drop one.

  11. elizabeth a airhart

    lovely just lovey erics link is lovey too
    follow the links ever so many images
    you will find and if copy right free print
    tis holiday time and on august 8 2007
    david tallant posted psittacanthus sp.
    parrot-flower mistletoe all orange red and yellow
    i had only seen the white still in the archives
    we know you are busy daniel hope the freezeing
    weather did not hurt the gardens bon jour

  12. Tanya Harvey

    Love the second photo with the rain drops. I’ve never seen it look like that, as it usually doesn’t rain when it is in bloom. Bad luck to be out in the rain in early August!
    Campanula scouleri is actually very common in western Oregon. It can be found throughout the Western Cascades of Oregon, usually in the woods. It is easy to overlook, however, as it is so small and blooms quite late. It is a darling plant up close.

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