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Milky Bellflower

Campanula lactiflora

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Campanulaceae (Bellflower)
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
2 metres tall
Gardens, hedgerows, riversides, roadsides, wasteland, waterside, woodland.

Blue, 5 petals
Pale blue or bright blue, bell-shaped flowers, about 2cm across. The flowers are sometimes white.
The fruit is a capsule which produces numerous minute seeds.
Narrow, toothed leaves, up to 5 inches (12cm) long. Similar to Giant Bellflower (Campanula latifolia) but taller. Perennial.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  

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Campanula lactiflora, also known as milky bellflower, is a species of flowering plant in the family Campanulaceae. It is native to Europe and Asia and is commonly found growing in grasslands, meadows, and along roadsides. The plant has slender stems with 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 lactiflora.


Milky Bellflower (Campanula lactiflora) is a beautiful and elegant perennial plant that is native to Europe and Asia. This plant is well-known for its stunning blooms, which are clusters of delicate white, pink, or purple flowers that bloom from late spring to early summer.

Here are some of the key features and benefits of Milky Bellflower:


  1. Easy to grow: Milky Bellflower is a hardy plant that is easy to grow and maintain. It is not fussy about soil type or conditions and can thrive in full sun or partial shade.

  2. Drought tolerant: This plant is highly drought-tolerant, making it a great choice for gardeners who live in dry regions or who struggle with water restrictions.

  3. Low maintenance: Milky Bellflower is a low-maintenance plant that does not require regular pruning or deadheading. This makes it an ideal choice for busy gardeners or those who want to enjoy a beautiful garden without spending too much time and effort on maintenance.

  4. Attractive to pollinators: The delicate and fragrant flowers of Milky Bellflower are a magnet for pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. This makes it a great choice for gardeners who are interested in creating a wildlife-friendly garden.

  5. Versatile: Milky Bellflower can be used in a variety of garden settings, including borders, rock gardens, and wildflower meadows. It is also well-suited for cutting gardens, as the blooms make beautiful additions to flower arrangements.

  6. Long-blooming: Milky Bellflower blooms from late spring to early summer, providing a long-lasting display of beautiful flowers.

  7. Resistant to pests and diseases: This plant is generally resistant to pests and diseases, making it a low-maintenance choice for gardeners.

  8. Easy to propagate: Milky Bellflower can be easily propagated by dividing the root ball or by taking cuttings from the stem. This makes it a cost-effective way to add more plants to your garden.

  9. Provides vertical interest: The tall, slender stems of Milky Bellflower provide vertical interest in the garden, making it a great choice for adding height and dimension to your planting beds.

  10. Complements other plants: Milky Bellflower looks stunning when planted in groupings with other perennials and annuals. Its delicate white, pink, or purple blooms contrast beautifully with the bright colors of other flowers, creating a harmonious and eye-catching display.

In conclusion, Milky Bellflower is a must-have plant for any garden. Its easy-to-grow nature, long-blooming period, and resistance to pests and diseases make it a low-maintenance and reliable addition to your garden. Whether you're looking to create a beautiful border, rock garden, or wildflower meadow, Milky Bellflower is a great choice for adding beauty and interest to your outdoor space.


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