American bellflower

Campanula americana | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Surveying its surroundings from on high, campanula americana or the American tall bellflower stands out in more ways than one. Both tall and incredibly attractive, this plant features upright stems on which ovate, toothed, dark green leaves and stunning purple-blue flowers are displayed. Despite the common name of the plant, the flowers resemble stars in shape and certainly light up a garden design with ease. American tall bellflower likes loamy to sandy soils that are kept moist and will grow in sunny to fully shaded areas, though ideally it should be grown in partial shade. This plant is attractive to birds and butterflies and looks utterly enchanting in a woodland garden.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 1.7
Spread [m]
  • 0.3
Dominant flower colour
  • Blue
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Upright
Environment
Acidity
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z4-8
Heat zone
  • H8-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -34 - -7
Heat days
  • 0 - 120
Moisture
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Exposure
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Usage
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Annuals
Grown for
  • Extended flowering period
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • Show-offs
  • Roses & classics
Garden type
  • Woodland
  • Cottage garden
  • Wildlife gardens
Garden spaces
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years