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)



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone



Bloom Color:

Dark Blue


Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

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

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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

Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon

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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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 5, 2015, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

I've only seen this perennial native to parts of Europe to central Asia in European photos. I have never seen it in the USA. There is much confusion between this plant and the Creeping Bellflower, Campanula rapunculoides. It is the Creeping Bellflower also from Europe that people see here in the US, that is a powerful, aggressive perennial spreading a lot by underground stems and roots. Check out 'Adenophora liliflolia - Rob's Plants' on the web for info, photos, and comments. The real Lilyleaf Ladybells has white or pale blue or lavender-blue very drooping or nodding bell-shaped flowers. The Bellflower has bright purple flowers that are not so drooping, but sort of lateral.


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

In the US, most plants and seed sold and traded as ladybells/Adenophora are clearly the weedy, invasive creeping bellflower (Campanula rapunculoides).

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

I have yet to see serious evidence that the true A. liliifolia is actually in cultivation in N. America.

The following can be used to distinguish this ladybells species:

1) Flowers white or pale blue
2) Flowers in a symmetrical, pyramidal, branched inflorescence (panicle), not a one-sided raceme (with an unbranched flower stem).
3) The style extends long beyond the rim of the bell.
4) Flowers 1.2-2.0 cm (no more than 0.8").
5) The lobes divide t... read more


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.


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


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!