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Campanula patula
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spreading bellflower

C. patula is an erect, herbaceous perennial or biennial to around 80cm tall forming a basal rosette of rough, obovate leaves. Wiry, branchedstems with alternate,narrow leaves bear small clusters of starry, violet-blue flowers with widely-spreading petals

Other common names
spreading bellflower
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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
1–2 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Blue Purple Green
Autumn Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or North–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Campanulaceae
Native to the UK
Yes
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
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
Europe, W Siberia

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grows best in sun or partial shade in a moist, well drained soil

Propagation

Propagate by seed

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Wildlife gardens
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Low Maintenance
  • Banks and slopes
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

None required

Pests

May be damaged by slugs and snails

Diseases

May be infected by a rust

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