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PlantFiles: False Campanula, Lilyleaf Ladybells, Lady Bells
Adenophora liliifolia

Family: Campanulaceae (kam-pan-yew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Adenophora (ad-eh-NO-for-uh) (Info)
Species: liliifolia (lil-ee-eye-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

12 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
Medium Blue

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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2 positives
6 neutrals
6 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

In the US, most plants and seed sold and traded as Adenophora are actually the weedy, invasive Campanula rapunculoides.

That makes it impossible to know whether the negative reviews here are about this Adenophora or the Campanula.

Let the buyer (and trader) beware!

Negative anolha On Jun 28, 2012, anolha from Lake Hallie, WI wrote:

I hate this plant! It is so invasive I have yet to find a way to get rid of it. I have pulled it, dug it and removed roots 2 feet down when small and big and still it grows back. I have tried weed killers and that hasn't worked. It is spreading throughout my yard. I would never give this plant to anyone.

Negative flybynyte On Aug 6, 2011, flybynyte from Webster, SD (Zone 4a) wrote:

i have this plant growing all over the place---and, have no idea where it came from. growing in peonies, bee balm, coneflowers, and on and on. i have been pulling this invasive plant for years now. it just keeps returning.

Negative Gabrielle On Apr 14, 2011, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Very invasive and hard to completely kill off.

Negative Michellekre On Apr 28, 2010, Michellekre from Woodstock, IL wrote:

I planted 3 small plants in a 25'X12' bed 8 years ago and it has taken over at least 70% of the flower bed!

Neutral woodflower On Jul 1, 2009, woodflower from Portland, OR wrote:

This plant is somewhat invasive. It will overtake less vigorous neighbors and the roots are easily transplanted. All the same, a beautiful plant that performs well. It is probably best kept as a container plant.

Neutral anelson77 On May 18, 2009, anelson77 from Seattle, WA wrote:

After 2 years in a partly shaded, dryish spot, this plant has grown into a very dense clump 3 feet across. It blooms heavily for a long period. It spreads fairly fast by underground shoots but not in an invasive manner, as the new stalks come up next to the established ones. The long flower stalks lean over a wall and look great. I would not plant this in a perennial garden, unless its companions are also large, vigorous plants. I am using it as ground cover around shrubs, and it fills this bill well, being totally impenetrable by weeds.

Positive kd2000 On Nov 17, 2007, kd2000 from toronto
Canada wrote:

I have found this plant to be a good performer and not overly invasive in my zone 4/5 garden. Easy care, adds nice early summer colour, and does seem to fair well in drought conditions. I do deadhead to prevent self sowing as they set a tremendous amount of seed if left to their own

Negative Gardenerplus On Oct 28, 2007, Gardenerplus from Middlebury, VT wrote:

If I never saw this plant again I would be happy. Here in the Champain Valley of Vermont it is worse than mint with a tap root that can be a foot long. As a professional gardener I spend more time trying to eradicate this plant than any other by organic means. I love plants, gardening is my passion and my job, but I do not like Adenophora Liliifolia.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 18, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Medium 18" - Plant 12" apart. Zone 3-8 Purple-blue nodding flower bells from late summer into the fall. Light green foliage with dark stems. Chinese native. Spreads rapidly.

Neutral SalmonMe On Apr 2, 2005, SalmonMe from Springboro, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Plants can be very freely self-sowing, bordering on weedy. Seeding can be minimized by diligent deadheading. Deadhead to a lateral bud after flowers fade. A secondary flush of flowers will follow proper deadheading. After second flush fades, cut down to basal foliage. Too much shade may cause plants to flop over.

Positive lmelling On Nov 12, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

The member who said these were invasive was right - they can be, unless moved when young. I generally dig up the young plants in early spring when I'm doing my first weeding of the season. Pot them up and take the babies to our annual plant sale or plant them elsewhere. Still, I occasionally still get them popping up where they're not wanted. But the flowers are beautiful and long lasting - so they're worth the bother.

They like partial to full sun and moist but well drained soil. I've seen mine wilt during droughts, so keep watered if you are getting less than average rainfall. Wet conditions (as we had this year) don't seem to bother them.

Neutral Karenn On Jul 6, 2003, Karenn from Mount Prospect, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

I have had this plant (in one place only) for 8 years. I planted it at the north side base of a 40 year old silver maple. At the time I was a very inexperienced gardener. It has never moved around, never flopped, and never grown "out of bounds". I can only assume that the prolific roots of the silver maple keep it in check. It is really attractive where I have it, where very little else can grow!

Negative JanFRN On Jul 4, 2003, JanFRN from St. Albert
Canada wrote:

These are almost impossible to get rid of. They have taproots, and Roundup acts like Miracle Gro! I saw them at a plant nursery recently and couldn't believe people PAY for them!


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

Hyampom, California
Kiowa, Colorado
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Charlevoix, Michigan
Marshall, Michigan
Redford, Michigan
Royal Oak, Michigan
Central City, Nebraska
Crown Point, New York
Ithaca, New York
Syracuse, New York
Perrysburg, Ohio
Springboro, Ohio
Portland, Oregon
Webster, South Dakota
Middlebury, Vermont
Lexington, Virginia
Richmond, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
Seattle, Washington
Birchwood, Wisconsin
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
Marinette, Wisconsin
Spooner, Wisconsin

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