Ladybells
Adenophora potaninii

Family: Campanulaceae (kam-pan-yew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Adenophora (ad-eh-NO-for-uh) (Info)
Species: potaninii (po-tan-IN-ee-eye) (Info)

Category:

Groundcovers

Perennials

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Violet/Lavender

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Seward, Alaska

Belmont, California

Concord, California

Modesto, California

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

On Jan 29, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

In North America, most plants and seed sold and traded as Adenophora are actually the weedy, invasive, and ecologically damaging creeping bellflower, Campanula rapunculoides.

The first two photos above show the flowers in the one-sided raceme (one unbranched flower stem) that characterizes creeping bellflower, not the (branched) panicle of A. potaninii.

The third photo is from the Flora of China. Note the branched inflorescences.

From Flora of China: "...Inflorescences usually with branches at base, forming a panicle, sometimes with only several flowers glomerate into a pseudoraceme; pedicels less than 1 cm..." http://www.efloras.org/flo... read more

Positive

On Jan 22, 2005, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

Adenophora potaninii originates from Western China. Also known as Bush Ladybells, this is a 'shrubby' plant. The lavender/blue bell-shaped blooms appear later in the season than those of most ladybells.