Also known as
Carpathian Harebell, Carpatian Bell-Flower, Tussock Bellflower, Carpathian bellflower, Bellflower
Campanula carpatica 02 by Kor!An (Андрей Корзун) (CC BY-SA 3.0)
2 years to reach maturity
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American Harebell Overview
Campanula carpatica is a compact dwarf species also known by the common names Tussock bellflower and American harebell, amongst others. It is a clump-forming perennial that has long-stalked, rounded leaves and single, purple, blue or white bell-shaped flowers. Campanula carpatica is best placed at the front of a border, due to its short habit (compared to other species in the Campanula genus). It grows best in full sun to partial shade and prefers neutral to slightly alkaline soil that is well-draining. Ideal for rock gardens or sunny borders, it won't tolerate wet winters. Campanula carpatica is part of the Royal Horticultural Society 'Plants for Pollinators' initiative that showcases plants which support pollinator populations by producing ample amounts of nectar and/or pollen.
Common problems with American Harebell
How to propagate American Harebell
Basal cuttings in spring.
Sow seeds directly into the garden in late spring or early summer with only a thin layer of soil covering them. Keep moist, and thin out or replant once the seedlings become large enough.
Special features of American Harebell
Attracts useful insects
Good plants for attracting bees and other pollinating insect wildlife into your garden.
Other uses of American Harebell
Ground cover, walls, rock gardens, border. Summer interest. This plant suits being included in planting schemes for exposed or sheltered locations with any (north, south, east or west-facing) aspects.