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CAMPANULA lactiflora

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James H. Schutte

Family

Campanulaceae

Botanical Name

CAMPANULA lactiflora

Plant Common Name

Milky Bellflower

General Description

One of the tallest bellflowers, this attractive herbaceous perennial is native from Turkey to the Caucasus Mountains. In early summer it bears conical panicles of bell-shaped flowers atop tall upright stems lined with oval leaves. These blooms may be white, pink, or violet-blue, depending on the cultivar. Regular deadheading will encourage continued bloom.

Milky bellflower grows best in full to partial sun and moist, rich, well drained soil. It often self sows and may require staking—particularly if planted in partial sun. This plant doesn't tolerate root disturbance during the active growing season. This old-fashioned perennial is at home in cottage gardens and mixed borders.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 5

  • 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

  • Height

    1'-5' / 0.3m - 1.5m

  • Width

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer

  • Native To

    Eastern Europe, Russia/Siberia, Turkey

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Light Pink, Light Blue, Blue Violet

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • 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

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes