Campanula Calicanthema - Knowledgebase Question

Little Rock, AR
Question by teddabaer
May 8, 2000
Have you heard of a plant called campanula calicanthema (spelling?)? It is a spike of bluish purple cup-like flowers on about a three-foot stem. Where can I get some? My neighbor has a gorgeous one and the tag said it was the above mentioned name but we can't find any more anywhere. The flower looks like a large canterbury bell that is also a campanula.

Answer from NGA
May 8, 2000


I think you are looking at Campanula medium 'Calycanthema' also known as Canterbury Bells or Cup and Saucer. This is a delightful old fashioned biennial. If the flowers seem larger than ordinary, perhaps s/he has a well selected strain or is providing them with excellent growing conditions. Perhaps your neighbor would share some seeds or seedlings with you, or plants are available from Bluestone Perennials. http://www.bluestoneperennials... is their website.

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