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CAMPANULA medium var. calycanthema

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Debbie Schilling

Family

Campanulaceae

Botanical Name

CAMPANULA medium var. calycanthema

Plant Common Name

Canterbury Bells, Cups and Saucers

General Description

Cup and saucers is a short-lived perennial that originates from southwestern Europe. In late spring to early summer, clumps of medium green basal foliage put forth tall leafy stems lined with large cup-shaped bells that sit atop broad petaled saucers. Flower color varies from blue and purple to white or pink. Once flowers are spent, plants will not rebloom.

Cup and saucers is best in sites with full to part sun and fertile, well drained soil. Best plant performance is when daytimes temps are warm and evenings cool. Thus, depending on region, it may be best grown in spring or fall so that hot summer temperatures do not deter blossoms. Transplant seedlings in autumn so they bloom in spring. This beautiful old-fashioned perennial makes a romantic addition to the mixed border or cottage garden. It can be treated as a biennial, and used as a bedding plant for blooming in its second year.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 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

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Width

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Southern Europe, Western Europe

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Blue, Pink, 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

    Semi-Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Feature Plant, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Self-Sowing

    No