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Campanula punctata

Campanula punctata
'Hot Lips'
spotted bellflower
Seed-grown plant

Common name spotted bellflower
Family campanulaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers pale pink
Size 10-12"
Light sun-part shade

We purchased 'Hot Lips, a dwarf form of the species, with dark foliage and speckled pale pink bells. Supposedly, this one lacks the agressive tendencies of its brethren. It's nice enough that even if it did, it would be worth some maintenance. Unfortunately, it did not survive for more than a year in our garden. Meanwhile, a plant I grew from seed traded as 'Campanula collina' turned out to be probably C. punctata (although the leaf shape is different). I'm growing it with its roots contained, and haven't had a problem with invasion thus far.

Campanula punctata

A few years further along, a patch of plants that we grew from seed labeled 'Wedding Bells' finally bloomed, in an unusual shade of dusky rose – not anything like the white flowers this variety is supposed to sport, but rather interesting in its own right. The plants are somewhat aggressive, so I'm watching them closely. The leaf shape is different again – these campanulas sure are variable in their appearance...

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed for 'Cherry Bells' and 'Rubriflora'. Neither germinated with baggy 70F with light (20d) - 35F (4-5w) - 70F with light.
  2. Seed for 'Wedding Bells' from '09 trade. Baggy 70F (60%G, 8-13d)

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