Creeping Bellflower flowers
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Plant Height: 24 inches
Flower Height: 3 feet
Spread: 24 inches
Hardiness Zone: 3
Other Names: Rampion, European Bellflower
Pretty lavender-blue bell flowers are set nicely against the medium green foliage; attracts butterflies and bees; extremely vigorous, spreads and self-seeds freely, must be controlled
Creeping Bellflower features showy spikes of lavender bell-shaped flowers with blue overtones rising above the foliage from early to late summer. Its serrated heart-shaped leaves remain light green in colour throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Creeping Bellflower is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. 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 high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Creeping Bellflower is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Creeping Bellflower will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity extending to 3 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium 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 is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.
Creeping 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. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.