Campanula latifolia L.
Campanula latifolia is a perennial.
Campanula latifolia was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. The name is considered as validly published.
The perennials have a stemless growth and reach heights of 60 to 150 centimetres.
Campanula latifolia is deciduous. The green, simple leaves are alternate. They are lanceolate, dentate and petiolate.
Flowers and Fruits
Campanula latifolia produces spikes of purple campanulate flowers from June to August.
The perennials produce poricidal capsules.
Campanula latifolia is native to the whole of Europe, the Caucasus, Turkey, West-Siberia, Central Asia and the western Himalaya.
The perennials prefer a sunny to half-shady situation on moist soil. The substrate should be sandy loam with a pH between 8 and 10. They tolerate temperatures down to -40Â°C (USDA zone 3).
Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber
- woodland borders (soil usually rich in humus)
- woods (soil usually rich in organic material)
The recommended planting distance is 30 to 40 centimetres, the perennials are best planted in groups of 5 to 10. Suited as cut flowers and as bee pasture.
Maintenance and Propagation
The plants need little to no maintenance if grown under suitable conditions.
- Cut back after flowering to prevent self-seeding.
Propagate by sowing or by division.
Pests and Diseases
- Walter Erhardt, Erich GÃ¶tz, Nils BÃ¶deker, Siegmund Seybold: Der groÃe Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
- Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.