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Alpine RockeryAnnual Biennial

Campanula formanekiana

Macedonian harebell

C. formanekiana is a biennial or short-lived perennial producing an evergreen rosette of silvery-grey leaves. After one or two years an upright flower-spike to about 30cm develops, with shorter, horizontal branches at ground level, all bearing large, bell-shaped flowers in very pale lilac-blue or white

Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
1–2 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Grey Silver
Summer Blue White Grey Silver
Autumn Grey Silver
Winter Grey Silver
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

West–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Campanulaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Clump forming
Genus

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

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Balkans, Greece

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in gritty, well-drained soil in a trough or in a deep pot in an alpine house. Protect from winter wet

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in summer as soon as ripe - seed needs light to germinate - or take basal stem cuttings, and insert into gritty compost in late spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Gravel garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Rock garden
Pruning

Deadhead to prolong flowering

Pests

May be attacked by slugs, snails, aphids and glasshouse red spider mite

Diseases

May be subject to powdery mildews

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