Campanula 'Elizabeth'

Campanula 'Elizabeth'

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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(Campanula 'Elizabeth')
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Synonyms:  C. takesimana 'Elizabeth'
Genus:  Campanula

Starting in early summer and continuing until fall, 'Elizabeth' puts forth abundant purple-flushed, pale pink bells with dark speckles on the inside. Flowers are 2 to 3 inches long and lightly scented. The toothed leaves are bright green. This low-maintenance, hardy perennial retains its evergreen foliage through winter.

By late fall, as the older crowns die out, new rosettes of leaves appear at the ends of underground rhizomes, giving the illusion that the plants have moved. This is not a desirable trait in formal beds, but it's an asset in naturalized plantings. 'Elizabeth' does well under deciduous trees and shrubs, in cottage and rock gardens, and along paths that leat into the woods. -Ruth Rogers Clausen, Plants to know and grow, Fine Gardening issue #121

Noteworthy Characteristics:  Good cut flower (sear the ends of the stems). Lightly fragrant, pink bell flowers. Evergreen foliage.
Care:  Provide full sun to partial shade, especially in the South, and average to rich, moist, well-drained soil. Waterlogged soil may result in root rot. Stems may need support in shady locations.
Propagation:  Divide plants in fall every three or four years to retain vigor.
Problems:  Slugs and snails.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Runs
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Yarrow
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower
Style
Cottage Garden,
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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