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Campanula persicifolia

fairy bellflower

fairy bellflower

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  • Other common names fairy bellflower
    fairy bells

    peach bells
    peach-leaved bellflower
    petticoat bellflower
    willow bell

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  • Synonyms Campanula amabilis
    Campanula subpyrenaica

  • Family Campanulaceae

  • Genus Campanula may be annuals, herbaceous or evergreen perennials, with bell or star-shaped, often blue, flowers in late spring or summer

  • Details C. persicifolia is a rosette-forming perennial with narrow, evergreen basal leaves. Loose spires of outward-facing, cup-shaped, lilac-blue flowers appear in early and mid-summer

  • Plant range W Eurasia, N Afr.

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Bushy

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H7

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or North-facing or East-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered or Exposed

Soil

  • Loam

    Loam

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Sand

    Sand

  • Clay

    Clay

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilLoam, Chalk, Sand, Clay

  • pHAlkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 0.5-1 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Best grown in fertile, neutral to alkaline soil that is moist but well-drained; in partial shade or sun. Needs staking in exposed sites - see staking perennials

Propagation Propagate by division in spring or autumn or take basal cuttings in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs Cut Flowers Cottage & Informal Garden

How to care

Pruning Cut back after flowering to prevent self-seeding and to encourage a second flush of flowers

Pests May be damaged by slugs and snails

Diseases May be infected by a rust, powdery mildews and a leaf spot

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