Campanula medium

Family : Campanulaceae

Text © Alessandro Bordin

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English translation by Mario Beltramini

 

Campanula medium © Giuseppe Mazza

Campanula medium © Giuseppe Mazza

Common name : Canterbury Bells.

Scientific name : Campanula medium L. (1753).

Subspecies : none.

Phytogeographic type : North-western mountain Mediterranean.

Habitat : bushy slopes, heaps of stones and landslides in preferably calcareous soils. It can be found from 150 to 1.500 metres of altitude.

Blossoming : May-June.

Brief description. Perennial plant. Stem : upright, simple, ramified in the apical part, tall up to 90 cm. Lower leaves : oblanceolate-spatulate, forming an irregular rosette. Caulinar leaves: sessile lanceolate. All leaves are thickly bristly. Flowers : the stem carries, at the apex, a raceme of flowers with a corolla of great size, provided with a peduncle. Calyx : with tube, lanceolate heart-shaped teeth and folded back appendices. Corolla : of great size with five lilac-tending petals, divided only at the tip, shows five stigmas. Fruit : capsule containing many seeds.

Possibility of confusion with other species : none.

Possibility of cultivation : in rocky gardens.

Curiosity : it’s the floral emblem of the Principality of Monaco.

 

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