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Bellflower (Campanula): Campanula carpaticas – Tussock bellflower




Tussock bellflower is a perennial which is also known as Carpathian harebell and Campanula carpatica. This perennial can grow up to a height of 8-18 inches or 30 cm and spread wide over 1-2 inches or 45 cm wide. These species are known to have originated in the Carpathian Mountains (Czechoslovakia, Romania, and Russia). They have broad, bell-shaped flowers that are blue, white or violet in color that grow into a mat. The flowers are long lasting. They are clump-forming and bloom from late June to July. These species have small, tough, pointed leaves with saw-toothed edges with the shape of feathers and hence the name Tussock which means feathery or tufted. Re blooming can occur if trimming is done. The plant has Herbaceous, Blue-green and smooth-textured foliage.
This plant is used as a groundcover or for the rock gardens and border edgings. This plant grows in full sun to light shade. This plant needs dry to moist soils and grows well in Zones 3-10. It needs Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline type of soil. Water regularly but do not overwater. The Soil pH requirements are 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic), 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) and 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline).
This plant attracts humming birds and is deer resistant.

Growing conditions of Tussock bellflower

• This plant grows in full sun to light shade.
• This plant needs dry to moist soils.
• It grows well in Zones 3-10.
• It needs Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline type of soil.
• Water regularly but do not overwater.
• The Soil pH requirements are 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic), 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) and 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline).
• To Sow Inside, Sow the seeds before last frost.
• To Sow Outside, Sow the seeds in Spring/Fall that is in March to April.
• Sow the seeds on surface.
• The plants may take 15-20 days to emerge.
• February to march is the right time to divide the plants.

Caring for Tussock Bellflower

• Apply an organic fertilizer in early spring to the plant.
• Prune the flowering stems or deadhead the flowers for new growth and flowering.
• Good drainage will ensure a large display of their bell-shaped flowers. Add mulch if required.
• Keep watered in the summer and fertilize regularly.
• The plants are Deer Resistant.
• Fertilize with Plant-tone, Osmocote or Miracle Gro.

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