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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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31 August, 2016

Clustered Bellflower: the Danes blood

Bellflowers are lovely plants with large blue flowers. There are several members of the family and many are garden escapes as their striking flowers have made them popular with gardeners. In Dorset we have two wild species, both native to the British Isles, nettle-leaved bellflower and this one, the clustered bellfower (Campanula glomerata). The clustered bellflower is a plant of chalk grasslands flowering in June and, as it name implies, the flowers are clustered around the top of the stem.
Looking at the flowers it is not hard to how they get their name, even their scientific name reflects the Latin for bell, campanula. That said, there are other flowers in the family that do not have bell shaped flowers but things are rarely straight forward with flora and its identification. 
This is also known as Dane's blood but I have no idea why, are Dane's blue blooded? There are various cultivated varieties of this flower available from garden centres if you particularly like them but please try to ensure they stay within the confines of your garden boundary!
Clustered Bellflower: the Danes blood