Bellflowers

Bellflowers

Known as campanula, bellflowers are a diverse plant that originated in the Mediterranean area. Being adaptable, this flower is also found high in the mountains where some varieties can tolerate frost. The flowers live up to the name and are shaped like an open bell, usually with five lobes on each blossom. The colors of bellflowers vary as well in a range of lavender to purple as well as white, blue and pink. Bellflowers also vary significantly in height. Some species are quite compact and serve well as border plants while others, that are generally woodland varieties, can grow over six feet tall. One variety of bellflowers, commonly known as rampion, among other names, was originally grown as a food source for its radish-like roots.

Bellflowers Videos: Here’s a short, 1-minute video on bellflowers. Here’s a lovely, 1.5-minute video about the bellflower, campanula catharina, as a border plant. This 2-minute video shows a variety of beautiful bellflowers as well as how to arrange them in unique ways indoors.  

FunFacts about Bellflowers: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Campanula is one of several genera in the family Campanulaceae with the common name bellflower. It takes both its common and its scientific name from its bell-shaped flowers—campanula is Latin for “little bell”. The genus includes over 500 species and several subspecies, distributed across the temperate and subtropical regions of the Northern Hemisphere, with the highest diversity in the Mediterranean region east to the Caucasus. The range also extends into mountains in tropical regions of Asia and Africa. (Source)
  • Bellflowers are highly diverse.
    • They can be annual, biennial and perennial plants.
    • They can also vary from dwarf arctic and alpine species under 5 cm high, to large temperate grassland and woodland species growing to 2 metres (6 ft 7 in) tall.
    • The color of bellflowers can vary from blue to purple and even white and pink.
  • Bellflowers usually have a 5-lobed corolla.
  • The larvae of several moth species enjoy dining on bellflowers. They include the common pugdot mothlime-speck pug and mouse moth.
  • Some bellflowers are known by other names, the ‘harebell’ in England, for instance, as well as the ‘bluebell’ in Scotland, though the latter is not a true bluebell.
  • One of the species of bellflowers, Campanula rapunculus, commonly known as rampion bellflower, rampion, or rover bellflower, was once grown for its spinach-like leaves and radish-like roots.

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