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Ivy-leaved Bellflower

Wahlenbergia hederacea

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Campanulaceae (Bellflower)
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
30 centimetres tall
Heathland, meadows, moorland, riversides, waterside, woodland.

Blue, 5 petals
Pale blue, solitary, bell-shaped flowers, no larger than 1cm wide. The flower stalks are long (up to 4cm) and thread-like. The flowers are sometimes nodding.
The fruit is a capsule, about 3mm long.
A creeping, hairless, patch-forming perennial flower with pale green leaves. The leaves are variable in shape, some are kidney-shaped, some rounded and some are similar in shape to ivy leaves (but much smaller). The leaves are also long-stalked and alternate along the stems. Each leaf measures about 5 to 12mm in diameter. Perennial.
Other Names:
Creeping Harebell, Ivy-leaved Bluebell, Ivy-leaved Harebell.
Frequency (UK):

Other Information


Wahlenbergia hederacea, also known as ivy-leaved bellflower or ivy-leaved bluebell, is a species of flowering plant in the family Campanulaceae. It is native to Australia and can be found in a variety of habitats, including woodlands, heathlands, and along roadsides. The plant has slender stems with small, green leaves and clusters of small, blue 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 Wahlenbergia hederacea.


Ivy-leaved Bellflower (Wahlenbergia hederacea) is a beautiful flowering plant that belongs to the Campanulaceae family. This plant is native to Europe and is commonly found in the Mediterranean region, but has been introduced in many other parts of the world.

The plant has ivy-shaped leaves that are green and glossy and grows to a height of about 15 cm. The bell-shaped flowers are usually blue or purplish-blue and bloom from June to September. These flowers are loved by bees and butterflies and provide a source of nectar for these insects.

One of the unique features of the Ivy-leaved Bellflower is its ability to grow in a variety of soils, including rocky and stony soils. The plant can also tolerate high levels of salt in the soil, making it a popular choice for landscaping in coastal areas. In addition, the plant is drought-tolerant and can grow in full sun or partial shade, making it an ideal choice for low-maintenance gardens.

This plant is also very hardy and can tolerate frost, making it a great option for growing in colder climates. The Ivy-leaved Bellflower is an excellent choice for rock gardens, crevices, and walls, as it can climb and cover the surface with its delicate blue flowers.

The Ivy-leaved Bellflower is also a popular choice for wildflower meadows and naturalistic gardens, where it adds a touch of blue to the landscape. It is also a great plant for hanging baskets and container gardens, as its trailing habit adds a touch of grace and beauty to any setting.

In addition to its ornamental value, the Ivy-leaved Bellflower has a number of medicinal properties. The plant has been used to treat a variety of ailments, including respiratory problems and skin conditions. The leaves and flowers of the plant can be dried and used to make teas and infusions that have soothing and calming effects.

However, it's important to note that not all parts of the plant are safe for consumption, and it's recommended to consult a doctor or herbalist before using the plant for medicinal purposes.

When it comes to cultivation, the Ivy-leaved Bellflower is a relatively easy plant to grow. It can be propagated from seeds or cuttings and requires well-draining soil and regular watering. In particularly hot climates, it's important to provide some shade to prevent the plant from becoming stressed.

It's also worth mentioning that the Ivy-leaved Bellflower is relatively low-maintenance when it comes to pests and diseases. It is relatively resistant to most common plant pests and diseases, making it a great choice for gardeners who want to minimize the use of pesticides and herbicides.

One thing to be mindful of is that the Ivy-leaved Bellflower can become invasive in some areas, so it's important to plant it in an area where it won't spread and displace native plants. In some areas, it's recommended to remove the flowers after they have finished blooming to prevent the plant from spreading.

In terms of companion plants, the Ivy-leaved Bellflower pairs well with a variety of other plants, including rockroses, thyme, and sedums. These plants share similar growing conditions and can help to create a low-maintenance and attractive garden.

Finally, it's worth mentioning that the Ivy-leaved Bellflower is a great choice for gardeners who are looking to attract pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, to their garden. The plant's nectar-rich flowers provide a source of food for these important insects, helping to support the local ecosystem.

In conclusion, the Ivy-leaved Bellflower is a beautiful, versatile and low-maintenance plant that is well-suited for gardens and container gardens. Whether you're looking to add a touch of blue to your landscape, attract pollinators, or simply enjoy its beauty, this plant is a great choice for any gardener.

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