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Campanula lactiflora 'Prichard's Variety' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

Dark Blue in Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

milky bellflower 'Prichard's Variety'

Family

Campanulaceae


Campanula may be annuals, herbaceous or evergreen perennials, with bell or star-shaped, often blue, flowers in late spring or summer

'Prichard's Variety' is a perennial forming a clump of erect stems to 75cm in height, with narrow, pointed leaves and rounded clusters of bell-shaped violet-blue flowers

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, East-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Best grown in fertile, neutral to alkaline soil that is moist but well-drained; in partial shade or sun. Needs staking in exposed sites.

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Alkaline or Neutral
  • Loam or Chalk

Propagation

Propagate by division in spring or autumn or take basal cuttings in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs


How to care

Pruning

Cut back after flowering to prevent self-seeding and to encourage a second flush of flowers

Pests

May be damaged by slugs and snails

Diseases

May be infected by a rust, powdery mildews and a leaf spot