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Bernice Bellflower*

Campanula trachelium 'Bernice'

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Bernice Bellflower (Campanula trachelium 'Bernice') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Bernice Bellflower flowers

Bernice Bellflower flowers

(Photo courtesy of Terra Nova Nurseries)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Plant Height:  16 inches

Flower Height:  24 inches

Spread:  15 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3

Other Names:  Nettle-Leaf Bellflower, Throatwort, Coventry Bells

Ornamental Features

Bernice Bellflower has masses of beautiful spikes of blue bell-shaped flowers rising above the foliage from early to mid summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its serrated pointy leaves remain light green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Bernice Bellflower is an herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Bernice Bellflower is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Bernice Bellflower will grow to be about 16 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 15 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for poor, alkaline soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Bernice Bellflower is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
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Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Applications
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