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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • WaterMoist


Adenophora genus (Bellflower). Summer flowering perennials with bell-shaped flowers with five petals. The corollas of the flowers in this genus are mainly shades of blue. It has fleshy roots. Leaves are formed at the base of the plant on long stalks and/or arranged alternately on the stem. These plants have sticky nectaries around the base of their style.


Perennials, Shrubs or Herbaceous

Other common names

Gland bellflower, Ladybells


Europe, Asia

The name Adenophora comes from the Greek 'adena' - gland; and 'phoreo' - I bear. Reference to the gland-like bellflowers.

Interest and use

Grown for its flowers.


They are fully hardy and will require full sun in rich well drained but not over-dry soil. May become invasive but does not like root disturbance.


Propagation is by basal cuttings in the early spring or by seed in the autumn. Plant seeds when young to avoid disturbing roots.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Vine weevils may attack the fleshy roots. Slugs and snails will eat young growth.

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