Campanula Species, Harebell, Peach-Leaf Bellflower, Peach-Leaved Bellflower, Willow Bell

Campanula persicifolia

Family: Campanulaceae (kam-pan-yew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Campanula (kam-PAN-yoo-luh) (Info)
Species: persicifolia (per-sik-ih-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)
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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 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)

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

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone

Can be grown as an annual



Bloom Color:


Dark Blue


Medium Purple

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Anchorage, Alaska

Flagstaff, Arizona

San Francisco, California

Avon, Colorado

Wheat Ridge, Colorado

Mansfield Center, Connecticut

Old Lyme, Connecticut

Boise, Idaho

Victor, Idaho

Mackinaw, Illinois

Macomb, Illinois

Rockford, Illinois

Wilmette, Illinois

Hebron, Kentucky

Ellicott City, Maryland

Beverly, Massachusetts

Northfield, Massachusetts

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Winchester, Massachusetts

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Ludington, Michigan

Hopkins, Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Concord, New Hampshire

Greenville, New Hampshire

Jersey City, New Jersey

Brooklyn, New York

Corfu, New York

Ithaca, New York

Penn Yan, New York

Rochester, New York

Scarsdale, New York

, Newfoundland and Labrador

Fremont, Ohio

Reynoldsburg, Ohio

Baker City, Oregon

Mill City, Oregon

Portland, Oregon(7 reports)

Centre Hall, Pennsylvania

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Salt Lake City, Utah

Charlottesville, Virginia

Bremerton, Washington

CHIMACUM, Washington

Kalama, Washington

Olympia, Washington

Redmond, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Spokane, Washington

Mazomanie, Wisconsin

New Lisbon, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 12, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Performs well here in sandy loam in Z6a. I find occasional seedlings, but it isn't weedy or invasive. Clumps spread slowly but not aggressively.

I find the flower stems mostly stay upright without support.

Deadheading does extend the flowering season here, but I find deadheading each fading bloom to be impracticably time-consuming. I have found that cutting back the flower stems by 1/3 to 1/2 when the first flush fades can stimulate another flush of bloom.


On Jun 9, 2012, Cesarsmom from Concord, NH wrote:

This plant does have 3 disadvantages, which other commenters have also mentioned: (1) The flower stems fall over. (2) It is aggressive. (3) It requires deadheading. However, the blooms are an incredible clear blue, and the foliage is a rich green with an attractive shape. I rated my experience as Neutral due to the work involved to keep it attractive & in check, but I certainly have no problems growing it here in New Hampshire.


On Jul 17, 2011, Kitte from San Francisco, CA wrote:

Carefree plant! I have these growing in 3 pots. The one w/ the most sun (pt sun at best) is very vigorous w/ a ton of cheerful looking flowers. The one in deep shade is more restrained & doesn't flower a whole lot.

Mine doesn't seem to self seed. I do sometimes prune to keep tidy & also pull out dead leaves that accumulate at the bottom. They seem to like a lot of water, will get wilty otherwise.

Looks great w/ sweet alyssum. Tho this year I'm trying it w/ bacopa since the alyssum gets leggy in that location.


On Jun 21, 2011, EllaTiarella from Portage, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

I deadhead each individual bloom as it fades, using my thumbnail. The short (approx one inch) stem that leads to the individual flower is soft enough that my thumbnail easily cuts through it. The stalks will put out lateral stems which bloom profusely. Yes, sometimes the stalks need staking, but the glory of the full-flowering plant is worth the little bit of effort to deadhead and stake.

I have not always kept up with deadheading. . . . after several years I have peach-leaved bellflowers here and there throughout the garden!


On Jun 3, 2010, ms_greenjeans from Hopkins, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

I planted three of these last year in midsummer. They never bloomed. However, this year they began to bloom in late May and it looks like they will go on for quite awhile. The blooms are a beautiful color, they are large, and they are plentiful. The plants are tall and sturdier than they look, but I did have to put hoops around them since we had heavy rain and wind. I am really pleased with this selection and I'm trying to figure out where I can plant more.


On Jun 27, 2009, lottadata from Turners Falls, MA wrote:

The first year I had this plant in my new garden it provided welcome long lived color. But, it self-seeds so aggressively it pushes out other plants and became invasive.

And even worse, the tall flower spikes on the self-seeded plants fall over as soon as we have any wind or heavy rain.

I tried naturalizing it on a dry slope thinking the invasiveness would be a plus there, but it's ugly because of the tendency to fall over.


On Jun 17, 2007, fyrefly from ottawa,
Canada wrote:

live in Ottawa Canada and really like this plant. I have white, blue and purple. They will rebloom if you deadhead. Not a problem overwintering and with no mulch.


On Apr 7, 2007, bluespiral from (Zone 7a) wrote:

On 2/19/07, I wintersowed seed of C. persicifolia alba, and it germinated profusely on 3/28/07. The seed was sown on a topping of gritty sand over regular potting soil in a qt-size recycled yogurt container within a baggy kept open for an inch at the top with a clothespin. The seed was not covered, as it needs light to germinate.

The seed came from Etravia via Alicewho's Wintersowing Seed Swap last December on the Wintersowing Forum.

Needless to say, I'm thrilled - can't wait to see this blooming with the rose 'Penelope'.


On Jan 5, 2006, aguy1947 from Portugal Cove-St. Philip's, NL (Zone 5a) wrote:

I liked the flower to a certain extent, but I found I was pulling it up.... once too often from self-seeding. I have other Campanulas that are not a nuisance. There are that many Campanulas, surely there is one for everyone. This one is a candidate to compete in the wild.

Bill in SE Newfoundland, Canada


On Aug 10, 2005, Songbird839 from Medicine Hat, AB (Zone 3a) wrote:

Thriving well in zone 3b, Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada!


On Jul 5, 2005, northgrass from West Chazy, NY (Zone 4b) wrote:

The white form of this flower makes quite a statement in the garden in early summer with its tall spires of pure white bells. It is very hardy and can reseeds itself to the point of weediness. I grow mine with plants that can hold their own, like hostas, daylilies, nepeta sibirica etc. so it is not so much of a problem but still sometimes I have to pull out a few unwanted plants that escaped a little too far and threatened to overtake too much of the space. I started mine from seeds a few years ago.


On Jan 16, 2005, LilyLover_UT from Ogden, UT (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is a gorgeous companion plant for roses!


On Dec 26, 2004, vavsie from Corfu, NY wrote:

This grows wild/naturalized on my land, probably planted 40 or more years ago. It is a tad hyperactive, but so old fashioned lovely it can run amok with my blessing.


On Oct 30, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is one of the flowers I look forward too the most each year. I had it planted next to a chamecyparis where it bloomed very happily for about 3 years in moist, well drained soil and morning sun. However, this year I only had one or two plants come up. Perhaps the shrub encroached too much or a varmint (chipmunk/rabbit-- notation above gave me pause for thought) ate them, as we have both. Anyway, I'll be getting more next spring - can't miss out on my Peach-leafed bellflowers!


On Jun 26, 2004, birdfarm from Mazomanie, WI wrote:

This plant has performed beautifully for me in poor conditions. Planted 3 from pots in spring 2001--2 in deep full shade (dry) and one in full sun (average). All have spread to form large circular clumps. The shade plants are now each about 1.5 feet across and the sun plant is about 2.75 feet across. All bloomed nicely (3-5 flower stalks on the shade plants, 5-7 on the sun plant) in summer of '01 and '02--I watered only during the hottest part of the summer. Last summer ('03) the shade plants did not bloom, but this spring we had a lot of rain and all the plants have just gone nuts--the shade plants each have about ten stalks and the sun plant has twenty-seven!! Gorgeous! Far beyond what I would have anticipated from the description, the stalks are almost 4 feet tall on the sun plant.
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On May 10, 2004, ipiranga from Scarsdale, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:

This plant does very well in lower Westchester County, NY (region 6b), where it takes hard frosts with no mulch. It propagates very easily from division and is happy in in sun as well as considerable shade. I pinch faded flowers for new buds on the same stalk. I've read that shearing will result in new flower stalks. Delightful blue color for a long summer season! Only problem - another garden resident - either chipmunk or rabbit - favors the hardy leaves for grazing in colder months...


On Jun 20, 2003, shura from Brooklyn, NY wrote:

The white variety was longer lasting in my garden, but both it and the blue provided fine spikes of late-spring color. They got taller than expected, almost 5'. A cheerful plant!

These didn't bloom til their 2nd year, and one plant seems to be waiting for the third.


On Jun 3, 2003, keno from Ottawa, ON (Zone 4a) wrote:

I tried twice 2 plants a year for 2 years in a row already but none of them survived the winter and came back the following spring. This is Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.


On Jan 4, 2001, lantana from (Zone 7a) wrote:

Grows in Heat Zones 9-1.


On Nov 8, 2000, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

Peach-leaved bellflowers are perennial and hardy from zones 3-7. It forms a basal rosette of narrow leaves and sends up multiple 3-foot stems. Bell shaped flowers are produced all along the stems ranging in colors of lavender, blue, purple, and white. If spent blooms are pinched off it will continue to flower through the summer. Its an excellent flower for cutting and will last a week or longer in a bouquet. Peach-leaved bellflowers will grow in full sun and are equally happy in partial shade. Warmer zones may want to give them afternoon shade but dense shade may cause flopping and they will need staking. They arent fussy about soil conditions but appreciate extra water when weather is hot and dry.