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The Bellflowers are an enormous genus native to Britain and Europe. Most were common in America by the nineteenth
century and Bernard McMahon offered nine species in 1806, including the Nettle-leaved. It was also once known as Throatwort and Bats-in-the-Hawkesort, but was best known in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries as the original Canterbury Bell. This name evoked the ringing horse bells of pilgrims riding through the fields of Campanula trachelium as they traveled to Canterbury.