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CAMPANULA persicifolia 'Kent Blue'

Image of Campanula persicifolia 'Kent Blue'

Family

Campanulaceae

Botanical Name

CAMPANULA persicifolia 'Kent Blue'

Plant Common Name

Kent Belle Peachleaf Bellflower, Peachleaf Bellflower

General Description

The cultivar ‘Kent Blue’ is a tall English selection with cool blue flowers. It is easy to grow, and the pretty blooms of this early perennial offer old-fashioned elegance to perennial gardens.

Peachleaf bellflower is a rhizomatous perennial originating from Russia, Asia and Eastern Europe. It forms spreading rosettes of lance-shaped leaves that give rise to tall leafy stems in early summer. The willowy stems of 'Kent Blue' support large, open, bell-shaped blooms of lavender-blue. Deadheading will encourage plants to rebloom, but fewer flowers are produced the second time around.

This bellflower prefers sites with full to partial sun and moist, well-drained soil. Later in the season it offers little ornamental value, so it’s best planted with annuals and perennials that are pretty in midsummer and fall. This old-fashioned perennial is ideal for cottage gardens and sunny perennial borders. Its flowers are also good for cutting.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 3

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    28"-36" / 71.1cm - 91.4cm

  • Width

    18"-20" / 45.7cm - 50.8cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia/Siberia, Asia, Western Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Blue, Lavender

  • 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

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes