A native of the Caucusus Mountains, sage-leaved bellflower is a herbaceous perennial and a member of the Campanulaceae family that also includes ladybells (Adenophora), balloon flowers, and Lobelia.  It has a creeping rootstock and forms clumps of dark green  2-3″ long  basal leaves that are ovate -oblong,  downy, sharply toothed, and carried on long petioles.  The dark purplish blue flowers are bell-shaped, nodding, up to 1 1/2″ long, and appear singly or in one-sided racemes in summer on stems with small lance-shaped leaves.  Sage-leaved bellflower is a good choice for a rock garden or border.  The genus name, Campanula, comes from the late Latin word campana meaning bell.  The specific epithet, collina, comes from the Latin word collis, meaning hill, and refers to its natural habitat. 

Type: Herbaceous perennial

Bloom: Dark purplish blue nodding, bell-shaped flowers up to 1 1/2″  singly or in one-sided racemes in summer

Size: 8-12″ H x 8-18″ W

Light:Full sun to partial shade

Soil: Average, medium moist, well-drained

Hardiness: Zones 5-9

Care: Deadhead to maintain attractive habit and control seed production.

Pests and Diseases: None of significance

Propagation: seed, cuttings, division

Companion Plants:Ornamental onion (Allium cyathophorum var. farreri), Artemisia Silver Mound, alpine pink,  wreath nasturtium (Tropaeolum polyphyllum)




By Karen