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CAMPANULA cochlearifolia

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Family

Campanulaceae

Botanical Name

CAMPANULA cochlearifolia

Plant Common Name

Fairies' Thimbles

General Description

The delicate, pendulous violet-blue flowers of fairy’s thimbles are exceptionally sweet. Native to the alpine regions of Europe, this hardy perennial is perfectly suited to areas with cool summers. The low mounded plants slowly spread by stolons, eventually forming mats, and become covered with small, bright green, coarsely toothed leaves. In summer, slender, dainty stems appear holding many pendulous, bell-shaped flowers of violet-blue. White-flowered cultivars are also available.

Fairy’s thimbles prefer full to partial sun but can tolerate some shade. It grows best in moderate soil with perfect drainage and creates magic in alpine gardens or rock wall crevices. The flowers are highly attractive to bees.

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

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    3"-6" / 7.6cm - 15.2cm

  • Width

    12"-24" / 30.5cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    Europe

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Mat-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Light Blue, Lavender, Blue Violet

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • 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, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes