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Herbaceous Perennial

Campanula persicifolia 'Pride of Exmouth' (d)
  • RHS AGM

bellflower 'Pride of Exmouth'

A clump forming herbaceous perennial sending up tall upright stems with green, lance-shaped foliage and numerous large, outward facing, intense violet-blue, bell-shaped double flowers providing a long flowering display in summer. An evergreen, easy to grow plant that dislikes wet winters.

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Clay
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Blue Green
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

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

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H7
Botanical details
Family
Campanulaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
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

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Will grow well in fertile, neutral to alkaline soil that is moist but well-drained, in full sun or partial shade avoiding wet conditions in winter. A semi-shade position will ensure the best flower colour is preserved. Will need staking in exposed sites. For more information see staking perennials.

Propagation

Propagate by division in spring or autumn and by basal cuttings in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Wildlife gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Cut flowers
Pruning

Cut back after flowering to promote extended flowering

Pests

May be susceptible to slugs and snails

Diseases

May be susceptible to a rust, powdery mildews and leaf spot

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