Campanula rotundifolia

Campanula rotundifolia is a perennial from the family of Campanulaceae. It is also known as Common Harebell and Bluebell, Scottish Bluebell, Bluebell of Scotland, Campanula langsdorffiana, or Campanula petiolata. Campanula Rotundifolia can grow to about 50cm or 20in. It usually has a clump of basal leaves. It was described originally by Carl Linnaeus, the Swedish botanist, in 1753. The flowers appear on erect stems and bell-shaped and in blue color. It is a clump-forming deciduous plant, which flowers in summer. However, in different locations and climate flowering season varies slightly. Sometimes you might come across a pink or white-flowered Campanula rotundifolia. This plant is native to Europe, from Scandinavia to central Europe and the coast of the Mediterranean. It is also found in Greenland and Iceland but not in Canada. Campanula rotundifolia naturally grow in poorer soils and in grasslands.

Campanula Rotundifolia

Plant it in the sun in moist but well-drained soil. It is suited to rock gardens or small borders. No pruning necessary. You can propagate Campanula rotundifolia from seed or divisions or basal cuttings. The flowers are usually pollinated by bees but it could self pollinate as well. Watch out for slugs, snails, aphids as well as red spider mites. Also, it is prone to rust, powdery mildew, and leaf spot. The seeds of this plant are tiny.

Other names have been associated with the plant such as Blawort, Lady’s Thimble, Witch’s Bells, or Witch’s Thimbles or Hair-Bell.

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