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American Harebell

Campanula carpatica

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)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








2 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of American Harebell

Some purple Campanula carpatica flowers in the wild
Some purple Campanula carpatica flowers and green grass
A green Campanula carpatica plant in a garden with light purple flowers
A photo of American Harebell
A photo of American Harebell

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

Attractive flowers

Attracts useful insects

Good plants for attracting bees and other pollinating insect wildlife into your garden.

Attracts bees

Solitary bees

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.


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