- Harebell is a very wide-spread species in
the Northern Hemisphere and very varied throughout
this range. The Greenland variety as might
be expected is relatively short, with the flower
spikes about 6-8 inches tall (15-20cm) whereas they
can be 2-3 times taller than this in other places.
They also differ slightly in the shape of the flower.
Apparently you these flowers are
edible and taste like mange-tout, though I only
found this out after leaving Greenland so I can't
comment on the wisdom or otherwise of eating them.
The genus Campanula are also known
as Bellflowers for the obvious bell-shape of the
flower, Campanula comes from the Latin meaning "little
Picture copyright Paul Ward.