Tag Archives: Irish native flowers

Harebells

Harebells, Campanula rotundifolia, are one of my favourite summer flowers. What is not to like – a beautiful blue colour and shaped like bells. I have cultivated forms of Campanula in my garden but nothing beats this native one. The native ones are found on dry grasslands and dunes. These ones were  growing on a dry sand/soil bank adjacent to some machair (a specialised, rare and sandy habitat formed from windblown calcareous sands) near Belmullet, Co Mayo.

Harebell

Harebell

Joining Cee’s flower of the day.

Harebell

Harebell

Primroses

Primroses are one of favorite spring flowers. They seem to be flowering early this year. At the edge of our garden, there are the remains of a hedgerow. It used to be a field boundary but these days it just has a few old hawthorn trees, and one or two bushes of gorse. The trees are planted on top of a soil bank and at the top of the hill the bank is particularly steep and each spring it is carpeted in primroses. The snails or slugs seem to like the flowers too, as many of the flower petals have chunks missing out of them.

Primroses

Primroses

The scientific name for our native primrose is Primula vulgaris. There is also a salmon pink variety, which is much less common but also thought to be native. In fact, I know where some grow in our neigbourhood. In Ireland, primroses are typically found growing in hedgerows, woodlands and roadside banks.

primrose

Primrose