Identifying Varieties of Bellflowers Identifying Varieties of Bellflowers

The range of shapes of bellflowers extends from a shallow flat star, the Carpathian bellflower, to the deep, double-layered blossom of the Canterbury Bell. Learn more here about bellflower varieties, which grow in zones 4 to 8 in North America.

Campanula Carpatica

The Carpathian Bellflower is a shallow, 6-pointed star. It grows close to the ground, with either clear blue or solid white flowers about 2 inches in diameter. C. carpactica suits rock gardens and borders.

Campanula Medium

The Canterbury Bell has a deep, cylindrical bell shape in the center, and an outer, rolled-back petal layer. A rich lavender-blue colored biennial, it grows to about 3 feet in height. The Alba variety has a single-layered white bell flower.

Campanula Raddeana

This small pyramid-shaped bellflower has lavender flowers and grows to about 12 inches tall. Its massed blooms make a neat border or middle row for a flowerbed.

Campanula Elizabeth Hybrid with C. Takesimana

The Elizabeth bellflower produces long slim, drooping bells in pale pink, that open in late summer. Its stems reach up to 2 feet in height.

Campanula Sarastro

The Sarastro bellflower has long bell blooms shaded from pale blue to lavender, that grow densely all over the plant. It grows 18 inches tall, in zones 4 to 7.

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