Campanula rotundifolia is a herbaceous perennial. It is from the Campanulaceae family of plants. It is also known as Common Harebell and Bluebell, Scottish Bluebell, Bluebell of Scotland, Campanula langsdorffiana, or Campanula petiolata. It was described originally by Carl Linnaeus, in 1753. He was a Swedish botanist.
This plant is native to Europe. It ranges 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 grasslands.
Campanula Rotundifolia can grow to about 50cm or 20in. It usually has a clump of basal leaves. Campanula rotundifolia has long-stalked basal leaves. The leaves are almost heart-shaped and slightly toothed. The leaves that grow on the flowering stem are narrow.
It flowers in the summer. However, in different climates, the flowering season varies slightly. The flowers usually have 5petals that are fused together. The flowers grow on erect stems. They bell-shaped. The color of the flower is blue. There are also a pink or white-flowering Campanula rotundifolia.
Grow it in the sun. Plant it in moist but well-drained soil. It is suited to rock gardens or small borders. No pruning is 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. It is also prone to rust, powdery mildew, and leaf spot. The seeds of this plant are tiny.
Other names that have been associated with the plant are Blawort, Lady’s Thimble, Witch’s Bells, or Witch’s Thimbles, or Hair-Bell.
Also read about Campanula poscharkyana.