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Giant Bellflower

Campanula latifolia

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Campanulaceae (Bellflower)
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
120 centimetres tall
Grassland, meadows, roadsides, woodland.

Blue, 5 petals
The Giant Bellflower, scientifically known as Campanula latifolia, boasts pendulous, bell-shaped flowers in a stunning spectrum of violet-blue hues. These blooms, which can reach up to six feet in height, are held on sturdy stems and appear in dense clusters during the summer months, typically from June to September. Known for their vibrant colour and distinct shape, the flowers attract various pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, due to their nectar-rich and visually appealing characteristics.
The fruit of the Giant Bellflower is typically a dry capsule that holds numerous small, rounded seeds. After the flowering period, these capsules develop, containing the seeds of the plant. When mature, the capsules split open, dispersing the small seeds, which are often carried by the wind or transported by animals, aiding in the propagation and natural spread of the Giant Bellflower in its environment.
The leaves of the Giant Bellflower are large and lance-shaped, with a rough texture on the surface. These broad, toothed leaves grow alternately along the stems of the plant. They have a deep green colour and are often clustered at the base of the plant, providing a lush, verdant backdrop to the striking tall stems and vibrant bell-shaped flowers of the Giant Bellflower.
The Giant Bellflower, Campanula latifolia, is not typically known for a strong or distinct fragrance. Its flowers are generally more admired for their striking appearance rather than for any notable scent. They tend to be visually captivating with their vibrant violet-blue bell-shaped blossoms, but their fragrance is not a significant characteristic often associated with this plant.
Other Names:
Giant Campanula, Large Campanula, Wide-leaved Bellflower.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  

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Campanula latifolia, also known as giant bellflower or giant campanula, 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 tall, upright stems with large, 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 latifolia.


Giant Bellflower, Campanula latifolia, is a beautiful and showy perennial that is native to the mountainous regions of Europe. This striking plant can grow up to 3 feet tall and produces large, bell-shaped flowers in shades of blue, purple, or white that bloom from mid-summer to early fall. The Giant Bellflower is a versatile plant that is well-suited to a variety of garden styles, making it a popular choice among gardeners and horticulturists.

One of the key features of the Giant Bellflower is its hardiness. This plant can grow in a variety of soils, including clay and sand, and is resistant to both heat and cold. It is also a low-maintenance plant, requiring minimal attention and care once established. This makes the Giant Bellflower a great choice for those who are looking for an attractive and easy-to-grow plant for their garden.

Another feature of the Giant Bellflower is its versatility. This plant can be used in a variety of ways, from mass planting in a border to adding texture to a rock garden. The Giant Bellflower also makes a great cut flower and can be used in arrangements and bouquets to bring a touch of color and beauty to a room.

The Giant Bellflower is also an excellent choice for attracting wildlife to your garden. This plant is a great source of nectar for butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds, making it an essential component of any wildlife garden. Additionally, the seeds of the Giant Bellflower are an important food source for birds, making it a great choice for bird lovers.

In terms of care and maintenance, the Giant Bellflower is a relatively low-maintenance plant. It should be planted in full sun or partial shade and in a well-drained soil. Once established, it will require minimal watering, although it may need extra watering during extended periods of drought. It is also important to deadhead the plant regularly to encourage new growth and extend the blooming period.

The Giant Bellflower can also be propagated by division in the spring or fall, making it easy to share with friends or add to other parts of your garden. Simply dig up the clump, divide it into smaller pieces, and replant each piece in a new location.

When planting the Giant Bellflower, it is important to provide it with enough room to grow and spread. This plant can grow up to 3 feet tall, so be sure to plant it in a location where it will have enough space to mature and spread out. It is also a good idea to plant it in groups or masses, as this will create a more striking display and help to emphasize the beauty of the plant.

In terms of pests and diseases, the Giant Bellflower is relatively resistant to most common garden pests and diseases. However, it may be susceptible to fungal diseases, particularly in areas with high humidity or heavy rainfall. To prevent these diseases, be sure to avoid overhead watering and provide good air circulation around the plant.

In terms of design and style, the Giant Bellflower can be used in a variety of ways to create different effects in the garden. For a classic and elegant look, plant it in groups along the edges of a border or mixed with other perennials such as roses or peonies. For a more naturalistic look, it can be planted in a meadow or mixed with wildflowers, grasses, and ferns. For a dramatic effect, plant it in a mass or along a garden path where it can be appreciated up close.

The Giant Bellflower also makes a great cut flower and can be used in arrangements and bouquets to bring a touch of color and beauty to a room. The long stems and large, bell-shaped flowers make it an ideal choice for both formal and informal arrangements.

When choosing plants for your garden, it is important to consider their cultural requirements and how they will interact with other plants in the garden. The Giant Bellflower is a relatively adaptable plant, but it is best grown in full sun or partial shade and in a well-drained soil. It is also important to choose a planting location that provides enough space for the plant to grow and spread, as well as adequate air circulation to prevent the development of fungal diseases.

In conclusion, the Giant Bellflower is a beautiful and versatile perennial that can add a touch of beauty and interest to any garden. Whether you are looking for a classic and elegant plant or a more naturalistic addition to your garden, the Giant Bellflower is sure to make a great choice. With its low maintenance and ability to attract wildlife, this plant is a great choice for gardeners of all levels of experience.

Giant Bellflower Facts

Here are 20 interesting facts about the Giant Bellflower:

  1. Scientifically known as Campanula latifolia, the Giant Bellflower is a perennial plant belonging to the Campanulaceae family.
  2. It is native to Europe and is commonly found in regions like the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, and parts of Central Europe.
  3. The plant can grow up to six feet tall, featuring tall stems with clusters of bell-shaped, violet-blue flowers.
  4. Giant Bellflowers bloom in the summer months, typically from June to August.
  5. The flowers can range from pale blue to deep violet hues and are known for their distinct bell-like shape, which gives them their name.
  6. These flowers attract various pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, due to their nectar and bright colors.
  7. Giant Bellflowers prefer moist, well-drained soil in partially shaded to fully sunny areas.
  8. The plant has large, lance-shaped leaves with a rough texture on the surface.
  9. It's often found in woodlands, meadows, and along roadsides, adding to the natural beauty of the landscape.
  10. Giant Bellflowers have been used in traditional herbal medicine for their anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties.
  11. They have been cultivated in gardens for ornamental purposes, adding a touch of wild beauty to cultivated landscapes.
  12. The plant is a biennial or short-lived perennial, typically regenerating from its rootstock.
  13. Giant Bellflowers can self-seed, naturalizing in suitable environments and spreading over time.
  14. They're relatively low-maintenance and attract wildlife, making them a popular choice for wildlife-friendly gardens.
  15. The seeds of the Giant Bellflower are small and dispersed by wind or animals.
  16. This plant is known by various names, including the Canterbury Bells due to its bell-shaped flowers.
  17. Giant Bellflowers have a history of use in folklore and traditional stories in various cultures across Europe.
  18. While primarily known for its blue-violet blooms, hybrid varieties offer colors ranging from white to pink and lavender.
  19. The plant is a resilient species, able to adapt to various growing conditions.
  20. Giant Bellflowers contribute to the biodiversity of local ecosystems and play a role in the natural beauty of the areas where they thrive.


Video 1: Giant Bellflower filmed at Hidcote in Gloucestershire on the 30th June 2023.


Video 2: Giant Bellflower filmed at Malham in North Yorkshire on the 29th July 2023.


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