Botanical Name: Campanula portenschlagiana
Common Name: Dalmatian Bellflower  
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range

Under 1'


Flower Color

Blue, Violet


Flower Season

Summer, Fall


Leaf Color

Green, Dark Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Low, Medium


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Formal, Japanese, Meadow, Mediterranean, Ranch, Woodland


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Entry, Perennial Border, Parking Strip, Patio, Raised Planter, Walkways, With Rocks


Special Uses

Container, Mass Planting, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
  • Description

  • Notes

Dalmatian bellflower is a mat forming perennial, growing about 6 to 12 inches tall, and 1 to 2 feet wide (though in time, it may spread wider). It has finely textured, dark green leaves that are covered by purple-blue, open bell-shaped flowers mid- to late summer. This bellflower tolerates drier soils and more shade than some of the others, and so is a fine addition to shadier, but drier rock gardens, the edges of perennial borders, and parkstrips.
Grow in full sun to part shade, in well drained, loamy garden soil. Manages with very little water when sheltered from mid day sun. After blooming, you can snip away about a third of the plant, if you'd like a tidier appearance. Otherwise, cut back in late winter to early spring, as new growth emerges.