Campanula trachelium

Campanulaceae

 

Habitat: meadows

 

Soil: any good garden soil

 

Height: 70 cm

 

Flowering: mid to late summer

 

Width: 30 cm

           


           

These taller campanulas are herbaceous perennials, with flowers opening in sequence along the lengths of the flowers spikes. They are generally reasonably vigorous, and will form good clumps. If they are cut back after the first flowering, further crops of flowers can be obtained. Included here are varieties of Campanula puncata, a valuable species flowering from early summer to well on into autumn. All varieties have large tubular bell flowers, not flared, hanging downwards, normally some shade of pink, white or purple, and spotted with red or purple. See also Adenophora for some species related to Campanula, and Codonopsis for some climbing Campanula relatives.

Campanula trachelium is known as the nettle-leaved bellflowers, because the leaves have a faint resemblance to those of the nettle, although of course they don't sting, and also as bats in the belfry (no idea why). It is an upright perennial, with bristly leaves, and spikes of many tubular flowers, mid blue in the standard form but white in the variety.
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Campanula - large varieties - some other suggestions
campanula_alliariifolia.jpg Campanula alliariifolia is about 60 cm tall, with white flowers and dark green leaves.
invisible.gif Campanula kirpicznikovii is a rare plant from the Caucasus and W Russia. The creamy white flowers grow on short stems above a small rosette of leaves
invisible.gif Campanula makaschvilii is a rarely seen, long-lived species from the Caucasus. It has green, heart-shaped leaves along the arching stems, which have pink flowers (occasionally white) along their length.
invisible.gif Campanula makaschvilii rosea is long-lived species from the Caucasus, rare in the wild. It has green, heart-shaped leaves along the arching stems, which have large, bell-shaped pink flowers along their length. The species usually has pink flowers anyway, although they can be white, so the name rosea doesn't add much to or knowledge.
invisible.gif Campanula persicifolia has loose heads of cupped, pale blue-purple flowers, and very narrow, deep green leaves, which give it an elegant appearance. It should not be confused with its variety planiflora, which is a neat dwarf (but whose seeds normally revert to the larger form).
invisible.gif Campanula punctata var. hondoensis is a vigorous variety from Japan, in which the flowers are cream, but flecked red inside the bells.
invisible.gif Campanula punctata var. howozana is a fully hardy species which works well at the front of a herbaceous border. The flowers form neat hanging bells that are pale pink. It provides good ground cover that is not invasive.
invisible.gif Campanula punctata f. rubriflora 'Beetroot' is a variety in which the young leaves are beetroot red, maturing to green above but remaining dark red below. The flowers are deep purply pink, heavily spotted inside.
campanula_takesimana.jpg Campanula takesimana has stems of huge, hanging, tubular, white to pink bells, heavily spotted on the inside with dark red, almost maroon, arising above large rosettes of glossy green leaves. Striking.