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PlantFiles: Korean Bellflower
Campanula takesimana 'Beautiful Trust'

Family: Campanulaceae (kam-pan-yew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Campanula (kam-PAN-yoo-luh) (Info)
Species: takesimana (tak-ess-ih-MAH-nuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Beautiful Trust
Additional cultivar information: (PP12815, aka Beautiful Truth)
Hybridized by Hinkley; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2001

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
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)
8.6 to 9.0 (strongly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Clint07 On May 28, 2012, Clint07 from Bethlehem, PA wrote:

In deep Zone 6 shade, Beautiful Truth was little more than a very low, non-spreading foliage plant for several years. Good foliage, though: shiny, dark green leaves with raggedy saw-tooth margins. Its occasional spidery blossoms prompted me to move it to dappled shade where it grows under taller perennials. Each year it has gotten taller and spread gently. This year, after almost no winter, its stems are 6" to 18" tall. The transition from typical bellflower buds to spidery blossoms is rewarding. With deadheading, it give some re-blooming. An entertaining "understory" flower.

Neutral LondonGardener On Jul 23, 2007, LondonGardener from London
United Kingdom (Zone 9a) wrote:

Baa has reported well on this plant.

He has correctly identified this plant as Beautiful Truth (as the breeder intended) and not Beautiful Trust.

In addition to his other interesting notes and observations, I can add the following:

Despite the common name, don't expect the more traditional bell shape generally associated with this species. This variety has white petals that are very slender and pendular, like the fingers of a half-closed hand.

It is vital to keep the soil moist, but not waterlogged, for at least the first year of growth.

Regular deadheading and partial cutting back may encourage a second, smaller, flush of flowering in the same season. Though I suspect too many cycles like this will eventually exhaust the plant's ability to perform well.

An EU PVR has been granted under license # 11567, so propagation is now illegal without permission from the license holder. It should be noted that international plant breeders exclusive rights are guaranteed against the plant description registered under the license number and not the name. Under this scheme the licensed plant breeder has the right to use different names as appropriate to different territories.

Neutral Baa On Jun 30, 2003, Baa wrote:

An unusual perennial cultivar introduced from Korea. It was originally propagated in America under the cultivar name of Beautiful Trust but it's real name is Beautiful Truth, named in honour for the Korean grower, Song Kihun's daughter.

Has light to mid green, very toothed, slightly glossy leaves. Bears pure white, nodding flowers with very slim petals that recurve. The buds look like a small, hanging lanterns.

Loves a moist but well drained, neutral to alkaline soil in sun or light shade. In areas where the summers are very hot they are best grown in dappled shade to ensure the soil doesn't dry out and the plant doesn't frazzle! Unlike the species C. takesimana, this cultivar forms civilised clumps and doesn't have a world domination plan.

I'm pretty sure this has a Plant Patent (or pending PP) in some countries so be careful of what you're propagating it for! Most likely this one won't come true from seed.


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

Davis, California
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Plainfield, Illinois
Winnetka, Illinois
Fallston, Maryland
Sherwood, Oregon
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Brookhaven, Pennsylvania
Salt Lake City, Utah
Lexington, Virginia

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