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Campanula portenschlagiana

Dalmation bellflower

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






Skill level


Campanula portenschlagiana

Plant details

For all gardens, large or small, this is an indispensable alpine Campanula. Hardy, vigorous and persistent, it is easily grown on the rockery, on walls, in front of borders or even in pots. It forms generous, dense mats of small ivy-like leaves which become hidden beneath the mass of small purple bells in summer.

Family: Campanulaceae

Genus: Campanula

Species: portenschlagiana

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Purple

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 15cm

Spread: 50cm

Time to divide plants: March to April

Flowering period: July to August

Reader reviews


Easy to grow, intense colour, flowers from early May through to September in my garden (if good weather prevails). Divides easily. I have it in pots with Hardy Geraniums, as edging in drier places and small clumps between flagstones.
An excellent companion to all other plants.

Anton 2

Fantastic easy plant that generously gives in colour like almost nothing else. A thousand and one uses for some of the most interesting areas in a garden. A nice blue cool purple that literally goes with everything. Clouds of colour down walls out of pots darkish corners as a ground cover in well drained areas.

I found this plant is not as persistent for me as I would like but it's easy replaced. It seems to do very well for three maybe four years getting pretty large, then vanish, often self seeding to another spot meantime.

I dont think any garden should be without it, if nothing else have a big pot of this and be amazed at the sudden burst of colour.

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