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Campanula trachelium ‘Bernice’

Bats in the belfry

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to September
  • Height0.6m to 0.8m
  • Spread0.2m to 0.4m
  • Growth HabitBranched clump
  • Flower ColourPurple-blue
  • Leaf ColourMedium green

Description

Campanula trachelium ‘Bernice’ (Bats in the belfry). This plant with a rigid growth habit produces double, wide bell-shaped, purple-blue flowers growing in the summer, with medium green, serrated, oval leaves.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Herbaceous

Other common names

Bellflower

Origin

Britain & N. Europe

Interest and use

Under shrubs, medicinal.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay
  • Soil pH5.5 to 6.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

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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