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Flowers have five violet-blue, pink, or white petals fused together into a bell shape, about 15 mm (0.6 in) long and five long, pointed green sepals behind them. Basal leaves are rounded to heart-shaped, usually slightly toothed, with prominent hydathodes, and often wither early. Leaves on flowering stems are long and thin and the upper ones are unstemmed.
Harebells are native to dry, nutrient-poor grassland and heaths in Britain, northern Europe, and North America. The plant often successfully colonises cracks in walls or cliff faces and dunes.
Spotted on the Mt. Townsend Trail in the Olympic National Forest in WA. This flower was seen from the trail head (elevation 3,400 ft) through all the way to the summit (elevation 6,280 ft.). Very photogenic!