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Campanula trachelium

Campanula trachelium
bats-in-the-belfry, nettle-leaved bellflower
Campanula trachelium
Nettle-leaved indeed

Common name bats-in-the-belfry, nettle-leaved bellflower
Family campanulaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z4-9)
Flowers violet-blue
Size 18"
Light full sun-part shade
Cultural notes well-drained soil, not too dry

Typical bellflower, with blue flowers on an upright but fairly small plant, with dark green leaves. Close-up inspection shows that the flowers and stems are slightly hairy. The flowering plants from last year didn't return this year (although last year's seedlings did, and are blooming now) – so it seems to have a biennial habit at least in our climate.

bats-in-the-belfry, nettle-leaved bellflower
A white-flowered variety came up among a batch of the blue seedlings

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

Seed for this plant is included on my seed trade list

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '03 trade. Baggy 70F with light (4%G, 12d)
  2. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F with light (37%G, 9-26d)
  3. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F with light (no G, 15d)
  4. Seed from '10 trade. Baggy 70F with light (30%G, 9-30d)
  5. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F with light (~80%G, 6-9d)
  6. Same seed as above. Surface-sowed to pot at 70F (no G, 4w). Baggy 70F with light 87%G, 6-9d)

Best to wait until leaves have unfurled in baggy before potting up.

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