Greater Bellflower, Giant Bellflower
Height: 3-5' (90-150cm) Flowering Time: Summer Flower Colour: Blue, white ____________________________________
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons) Superorder: Asteridae (Daisy Superorder) Order: Campanulales (Bellflower Order) Family: Campanulaceae (Bellflower Family) Genus: Campanula (Bellflower) Species: latifolia (wide-leaved) ____________________________________
Campanula latifolia is a large, leafy perennial with tubular bell-shaped flowers in shades of blue, lilac or white in summer. The leaves are nettle-shaped, but not hairy, larger at the bottom of the stem and becoming smaller towards the top. The stem is unbranched, and the flowers are in the axils of the upper leaves. Flowers are usually in shades of blue, but a white version is also available.
Plants grow best in a partly-shaded position with plenty of moisture at the roots, although even in dry soils they form strong clumps.
Harvesting and Growing from Seed:
Seed Pod The seed pod is like a small lantern, opening with three windows at the top. Each
individual flower produces its own seed pod.
Seed The seeds are small light brown oval discs. There are many seeds in each seed pod.
Seedling The seedling has heart-shaped leaves.
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