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Campanula rotundifolia

Harebell

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to September
  • Height0.15m to 0.3m
  • Spread0.2m to 0.35m
  • Growth HabitLow spreading
  • Flower ColourBlue, rarely white
  • Leaf ColourPale green

Description

Campanula rotundifolia (Harebell). An upright creeping perennial herb native to Britain & N. Europe bearing opposite, heart-shaped, toothed pale green leaves and panicles of whitish blue bell-shaped flowers in mid-summer. STEM: Low-growing, turning upright to flower. ROOT: Creeping underground stems. HAIRS: Absent above, short below. STIPULES: Absent LEAF-STALK: Lower much longer than blade; upper absent. BRACTS: Small, straight-sided. FLOWER STALK: Long, slender, nodding. SEPALS: 5, slender, speeding apart. PETALS: 5, joined, bell-shaped, lobes broadly oval. STAMENS: 5, inside tube. STIGMA: 3; style long. OVARY: 1, below sepals, 3-celled. SEEDS: Numerous, oblong.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Herbaceous

Other common names

Bluebell, Bellflower

Origin

Britain & N. Europe

Interest and use

Wildflower, meadows.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • Soil pH5.5 to 6.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

They are fully to half hardy and are grown in the sun or shade. Most of the species will prefer moist but well drained soil. Delicate flower colours are preserved best in shade.

Propagation

You can propagate by softwood or basal cuttings in the summer or by seeds or division in the autumn or spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Is prone to slug attack and rust may be a problem in autumn.

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