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‘Pink Octopus’ spreading bellflower

Campanula 'Pink Octopus'

I have a penchant for vigorous, spreading plants: For the price of one plant I can get tons more for free. Plus, plants that spread out are naturals for dry shade; the expanded network of root systems feeds the whole plant, helping it get the water it needs. ‘Pink Octopus’ quickly forms wide mats of tall, deeply cut, light green foliage. Throughout spring, octopus-shaped, candy pink flowers float in a mass over the foliage, sporadically appearing throughout summer. I use this plant as the horticultural equivalent of a slipcover to coat large areas of shade quickly, especially because it can handle the extremes of my Texas climate. This perennial is maintenance-free, other than keeping it from encroaching on less vigorous plants. -Jimmy Turner, Perennials for dry shade, Fine Gardening issue #133

Noteworthy CharacteristicsBeautiful pink flowers and shade tolerance.

CareBe sure to keep this plant from becoming a bully in beds and borders.

  • Genus : Campanula
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Moisture : Dry
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Foliage Color : Green
  • Light : Partial Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Pink
  • Uses : Shade
  • Bloom Time : Spring
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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