Campanula rotundifolia

Campanula rotundifolia

Common harebell

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Campanula rotundifolia
  • Common name: Common harebell
  • Family: Campanulaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Deciduous
Flower colour:

Blue

Foliage colour:

Green

Common harebell (Campanula rotundifolia) is a clump-forming perennial wildflower, bearing pretty bell-shaped blooms on tall, erect stems from summer to autumn. Although a natural meadow plant, it’s ideal for growing in a mixed herbaceous border and works well in cottage-garden and wildlife-friendly planting schemes. The name harebell is thought to refer to its prevalence in meadows frequented by hares. Indeed, legend has it that witches would turn themselves into hares and hide among the flowers. Common harebell is the county flower of Dumfriesshire, Yorkshire and County Antrim.

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Also known as Scottish bluebell and bluebell of Scotland, Campanula rotundifolia is unrelated to the English bluebell, which is similar looking but is smaller, has more dainty, hanging bell-shaped flowers and blooms earlier in the year. All parts of the common harebell are edible – the flowers can be added to salads and the leaves can be eaten raw or steamed as ‘greens’.

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Grow Campanula rotundifolia in moist but well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. Propagate by division in spring or autumn.

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Advice on buying common harebell

  • Common harebell is available from seed, as plugs or larger plants
  • Always buy from a reputable company to ensure the plants grow strongly
  • Check plants for signs of damage and disease before planting

Where to buy common harebell

How to grow Campanula rotundifolia

  • Plant size

    50cm height

    50cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Front, middle

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full sun, partial shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Chalky / alkaline / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sow
Sow

Do not Sow in January

Do not Sow in February

Do Sow in March

Do Sow in April

Do not Sow in May

Do not Sow in June

Do not Sow in July

Do not Sow in August

Do not Sow in September

Do not Sow in October

Do not Sow in November

Do not Sow in December

Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Divide
Divide

Do not Divide in January

Do not Divide in February

Do Divide in March

Do Divide in April

Do Divide in May

Do not Divide in June

Do not Divide in July

Do not Divide in August

Do Divide in September

Do Divide in October

Do Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Campanula rotundifolia and wildlife

Campanula rotundifolia is known for attracting bees, beneficial insects, butterflies​/​moths and other pollinators. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Attractive to Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Attractive to Butterflies​/​Moths

Attractive to Other pollinators

Is Campanula rotundifolia poisonous?

Campanula rotundifolia has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People