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Trailing Bellflower

Campanula poscharskyana

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Campanulaceae (Bellflower)
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
25 centimetres tall
Gardens, hedgerows, meadows, mountains, parks, roadsides, rocky places, towns, walls, wasteland, woodland.

Blue, 5 petals
The Trailing Bellflower is adorned with charming violet or blue-hued flowers, forming a bell-like structure with five delicate petals. These star-shaped blossoms create a visual symphony during the late spring to early summer months. The heart-shaped, bright green foliage serves as an elegant backdrop to the blossoms, enhancing the overall appeal of this perennial plant. With its trailing growth habit, it gracefully cascades over rocks, slopes, and containers, adding a touch of natural beauty to various habitats, including gardens, woodlands, and meadows. In the UK, the Trailing Bellflower is appreciated for its low-maintenance nature, making it a popular choice in gardens, landscapes, and urban green spaces.
The Trailing Bellflower does not produce conventional fruits; instead, it reproduces through seeds. After the flowering season, the plant forms seed capsules. These capsules contain small seeds, contributing to the plant's reproductive cycle. The seeds are typically dispersed when the capsules dry and split open. While the primary focus of interest in Trailing Bellflower lies in its charming flowers and trailing growth, the formation and dispersal of seeds play a crucial role in its life cycle and propagation.
The leaves of the Trailing Bellflower are heart-shaped, displaying a vibrant shade of green. This foliage serves as an attractive backdrop to the plant's elegant violet or blue-hued flowers. The leaves are relatively small and have a smooth texture, contributing to the overall visual appeal of the plant. Positioned along the trailing stems, the leaves form a lush and dense carpet, making Trailing Bellflower well-suited for use as ground cover in gardens and landscapes. The heart-shaped leaves, combined with the cascading growth habit, add to the plant's aesthetic charm, making it a popular choice in various outdoor settings in the UK.
Trailing Bellflower does not typically have a notable aroma. The plant is primarily valued for its visual appeal, featuring charming violet or blue flowers and heart-shaped, green foliage. While some plants are known for their fragrant blossoms, Trailing Bellflower is not particularly renowned for a distinctive or strong scent. As a result, its ornamental value in gardens and landscapes is centered around its visual beauty rather than any aromatic qualities.
Other Names:
Serbian Bellflower.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  

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Campanula poscharskyana, also known as Serbian bellflower or trailing bellflower, is a species of flowering plant in the family Campanulaceae. It is native to the Balkans and is commonly found growing in rocky cliffs, crevices, and along walls. The plant has small, green leaves and clusters of small, blue or purple flowers. It is a popular garden plant and is known for its attractive flowers and ability to tolerate a range of growing conditions. There is not much information available about the potential medicinal use of Campanula poscharskyana.


Campanula poscharskyana, also known as the Trailing Bellflower, is a beautiful and versatile ground cover that is easy to grow and care for. This plant is native to the Balkans and grows best in areas with cool summers and mild winters.

The Trailing Bellflower is a low-growing plant that spreads rapidly and produces a mass of blue, bell-shaped flowers from late spring to early fall. The flowers are followed by attractive, blue-green foliage that adds texture and color to the garden.

One of the great things about this plant is that it is adaptable to a wide range of soils, from sandy to rocky. It is also easy to grow in containers, making it a great option for small gardens or for adding interest to balconies and patios.

This plant is also drought tolerant and can handle partial shade, making it an ideal choice for areas that receive less sun. In full sun, the plant will bloom more profusely, but it will still do well in partially shaded areas.

When planting Trailing Bellflowers, it's important to choose a spot that has good drainage. This plant prefers soil that is moist but well-drained. If the soil is too wet, the roots may rot. In terms of spacing, plant the Trailing Bellflowers about 12 inches apart to allow room for the plants to spread.

Caring for Trailing Bellflowers is easy. Simply water the plants regularly, especially during dry spells, and remove any dead or yellowing leaves. In the fall, cut back the foliage to about 4 inches to keep the plants tidy over the winter.

Trailing Bellflowers also make great cut flowers and can be used in bouquets or floral arrangements. The flowers are long-lasting and will add a pop of color to any room.

In addition to its ornamental uses, the Trailing Bellflower is also a great plant for attracting pollinators like bees and butterflies. This plant is a great choice for those looking to create a garden that not only looks beautiful but also supports the local ecosystem.

If you're looking to add a touch of whimsy to your garden, consider growing Trailing Bellflowers along a rock wall or hanging from a basket. The plant will trail down, creating a beautiful waterfall of blue flowers.

It's also worth noting that the Trailing Bellflower is a hardy plant that is resistant to pests and diseases. This makes it a great choice for those looking for a low-maintenance plant that will thrive without much care.

Another great aspect of the Trailing Bellflower is its ability to thrive in a range of temperatures. This makes it a great choice for gardeners in many different climates, from cool coastal regions to hot and dry deserts. The plant is also cold hardy and can survive temperatures as low as -20°F, making it a great option for those in colder climates.

It's also important to note that the Trailing Bellflower is deer and rabbit resistant, making it a great option for those who struggle with these pests in their garden. This is particularly important for gardeners who live in areas where deer and rabbits are common and can cause significant damage to plants.

In terms of maintenance, the Trailing Bellflower requires very little care once it is established. Regular watering is recommended, especially during dry spells, but the plant will survive without much attention. Pruning is also minimal, with the plant only requiring a light trimming in the fall to remove any dead or yellowing foliage.

In conclusion, the Trailing Bellflower is a beautiful, low-maintenance, and versatile plant that adds color, texture, and beauty to any garden. Whether you're looking for a ground cover, a hanging plant, or simply want to add a touch of blue to your outdoor space, this plant is definitely worth considering.

25 Facts About the Trailing Bellflower

  1. Scientific Name: The Trailing Bellflower belongs to the Campanula genus and is scientifically known as Campanula poscharskyana.

  2. Origin: Native to the Dinaric Alps in the Balkans, the Trailing Bellflower is found in southeastern Europe.

  3. Common Names: Also known as Trailing Campanula, Serbian Bellflower, and Adria Bellflower, it has various common names.

  4. Perennial Plant: Trailing Bellflower is a perennial plant, meaning it lives for more than two years, and it's known for its long-lasting nature.

  5. Growth Habit: It has a trailing or creeping growth habit, making it an excellent ground cover.

  6. Flower Appearance: The flowers are star-shaped with five petals, forming a bell-like structure, and they come in shades of violet and blue.

  7. Blooming Season: Trailing Bellflowers typically bloom from late spring to early summer, adding color to gardens.

  8. Hardiness: These plants are hardy and can tolerate a range of soil types, as well as partial shade to full sun.

  9. Ground Cover: Due to its trailing nature, Trailing Bellflower is often used as a ground cover in gardens and landscapes.

  10. Low Maintenance: Once established, this plant is relatively low-maintenance, requiring minimal care.

  11. Attracts Pollinators: The flowers attract bees and butterflies, contributing to pollination in the area.

  12. Ideal for Hanging Baskets: Trailing Bellflower can be grown in hanging baskets, creating a cascading effect with its trailing stems.

  13. Height: The plant typically reaches a height of about 8 to 10 inches, but its trailing stems can spread much farther.

  14. Foliage: The foliage is heart-shaped and has a bright green color, providing visual interest even when the plant is not in bloom.

  15. Ground Cover in Rock Gardens: Its low-growing habit makes it suitable for rock gardens as well.

  16. Drought Tolerance: Trailing Bellflower is moderately drought-tolerant once established, but regular watering is beneficial for optimal growth.

  17. Propagation: It can be propagated through division or by taking cuttings from established plants.

  18. Invasive Potential: In some regions, Trailing Bellflower can become invasive if not controlled, spreading rapidly.

  19. Cultural Significance: In certain cultures, the Trailing Bellflower is associated with positive symbolism, often representing gratitude and humility.

  20. Adaptable to Containers: Besides being great in the ground, Trailing Bellflower can thrive in containers, adding versatility to its uses.

  21. Medicinal Uses: In traditional medicine, some cultures use parts of the plant for various herbal remedies.

  22. Adaptable to Different Climates: While native to a specific region, Trailing Bellflower has adapted well to various climates and is now found in many parts of the world.

  23. Deer Resistant: The plant is known to be resistant to deer, making it a good choice for gardens in areas with deer populations.

  24. Landscaping Accent: Trailing Bellflower is often used as an accent in landscaping due to its charming, cascading appearance.

  25. Globally Popular: Over time, Trailing Bellflower has become popular globally, appreciated for its aesthetic and functional qualities in gardening and landscaping.


Video 1: Trailing Bellflower filmed at Heysham, Lancashire on the 23rd October 2022.


Video 2: Trailing Bellflower filmed in Adlington, Lancashire on the 11th June 2023.


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