Fairies’ thimbles

Campanula cochleariifolia

Campanula cochleariifolia 'Miranda'
Photo/Illustration: 
Steve Wanke
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Fairies’ thimbles (Campanula cochleariifolia)
Synonyms:  C. bellardii
Genus:  Campanula
Diminutive (to 2 inches tall) spikes bear lavender-blue nodding flowers that sway in the breeze.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Aggressive-invasive running rootstalk. Great planted among spring flowering bulbs for a second wave of interest. Grows well among rock walls.
Care:  Plant in full sun or partial shade and moist, well-drained soil.
Propagation:  Sow seed in containers in a cold frame in spring. Alpine species should be sown in an open frame. Divide in spring or autumn. Take basal cuttings of  in spring.
Problems:  Slugs, snails, vine weevils, spider mites, and aphids. Powdery mildew, rust, Septoria and Ramularia leaf spot, and Southern blight.

Overview

Height
Less than 6 in.
Spread
6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Habit
Runs
Growth Pace
Fast Grower,
Invasive/Aggressive Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Island Paradise,
Niagara
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Cottage Garden,
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest

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