Campanula medium

Campanula medium , Photo: Michael Lahanas

Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Divisio: Magnoliophyta
Classis: Magnoliopsida
Ordo: Asterales
Familia: Campanulaceae
Subfamilia: Campanuloideae
Genus: Campanula
Species: Campanula medium


Campanula medium L.

Campanula medium , Photo: Michael Lahanas


* Species Plantarum 1:167. 1753
* USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database]. [1]

Vernacular names


Canterbury Bells (Campanula medium) also known as the bell flower, is an annual or biennial flowering plant with attractive bell shaped flowers with a flat base. Colours they come in are blue, purple, mauve or white. They produce huge spikes of extremely long lasting blooms. They grow to attain 2-3 feet in height. In gardens, they are best in massed planting in borders or among shrubs. It prefers cool or warm zones; not suitable for the tropics or hot, dry regions. In floriography, they represent gratitude.


Seeds take 14-21 days to germinate. The plant thrives in lightly shaded to sunny locations in well-drained soil.

Canterbury Bells grows nicely in flower beds, borders, and containers. keep well watered.


This flower works well cut in floral arrangements.

Beekeepers sometimes use the Canterbury Bell for making potently sweet honey.


* Pink, A. (2004). Gardening for the Million. Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation.

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