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Campanula rotundifolia

Campanula rotundifolia

Synonym(s) Campanula alaskana
Common name Scotch harebell
Family campanulaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z5-10)
Flowers blue (spring-summer)
Size 6"
Light part-full shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil (not too dry)
From seed germinate at room temperature; needs light to germinate
Flowers first year from seed sown indoors early.
detailed seed-starting info below

Dainty blue flowers on airy stalks hovering over low-growing basal foliage. The ones pictured are seedlings just set a few weeks ago. We expect a bigger display in future years. The round-leaved habit referred to in the botanical name applies only to the basal leaf rosette - the stem leaves, as shown here, are long and thin.

Scotch harebell
A contender for longest-flowering award, this plant was still showing off its bells in December

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 from '03 trade. Baggy 70F with light (40%G, 6-13d). Bloomed in May/June
  2. Seed from '04 garden. Baggy 70F with light (80%G, 6-12d)
  3. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F with light (85%G, 6-13d)
  4. Seed from '08 garden. Baggy 70F with light (91%G, 6-9d)
  5. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F with light (73+%G, 4-10d)

I found it is best to leave sprouted seeds in baggies until they unfurl their seed leaves.

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