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CAMPANULA cochlearifolia 'Bavaria Blue'

Image of Campanula cochlearifolia 'Bavaria Blue'

Family

Campanulaceae

Botanical Name

CAMPANULA cochlearifolia 'Bavaria Blue'

Plant Common Name

Bavaria Blue Bellflower, Bellflower, Fairies' Thimbles

General Description

‘Bavaria Blue’ is a selection of fairies' thimbles, a bellflower species native to alpine regions of Europe. This low-growing perennial forms rosettes of small, rounded, toothed, heart-shaped leaves which are topped with a flurry of small, nodding, thimble-shaped flowers of vivid sky blue. The dainty but prolific blossoms are held singly atop numerous, short, wiry stems, and bloom in late spring, continuing well into summer where temperatures are cool.

This diminutive mountain beauty requires afternoon shade to all-day filtered shade, and moist but well-drained soil. Blooming best where summers are cool, it offers vigorous growth where happy, and tends self-sow. If desired, faded flowers may be sheared back following bloom to prevent reseeding and to maintain a neat appearance. ‘Bavaria Blue’ is a charming addition to rock gardens and alpine troughs, and is ideal planted between paving stones or tumbling from crevices in stone walls.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 7

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    3"-6" / 7.6cm - 15.2cm

  • Width

    10"-15" / 25.4cm - 38.1cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Europe

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Rosette/Stemless

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Blue

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Alpine, Container, Edging, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes