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Herbaceous Perennial

Campanula versicolor

various-coloured bellflower

A variable herbaceous perennial which may be upright or trailing. Leafy stems develop from a basal rosette, topped from late summer with large sprays of star-shaped, clove-scented, pale purple-blue flowers with darker edges and a very dark eye

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Blue Green
Autumn Blue Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Campanulaceae
Native to the UK
No
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
SE It. to Balkans

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil in full sun

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in containers in a cold frame in spring. Divide in spring or autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Gravel garden
  • Banks and slopes
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Cut back after flowering to prevent seeding and to encourage a second flush of flower

Pests

Vulnerable to slugs and snails

Diseases

Powdery mildews and rust diseases may be problematic

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