Campanula, Carpathian Bellflower, Carpathian Harebell, Tussock Bellflower 'Blue Clips'

Campanula carpatica

Family: Campanulaceae (kam-pan-yew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Campanula (kam-PAN-yoo-luh) (Info)
Species: carpatica (kar-PAT-ih-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Blue Clips
Additional cultivar information:(aka Blue Chips, Blaue Clips)


Alpines and Rock Gardens


Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round

Suitable for growing in containers


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


USDA Zone 2a: to -45.5 C (-50 F)

USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 C (-45 F)

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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:

Dark Blue


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 seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


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

Glen Avon, California

Sebastopol, California

Seymour, Connecticut

Winsted, Connecticut

Boise, Idaho

Rockford, Illinois

Wilmette, Illinois

Olathe, Kansas

Westford, Massachusetts

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Detroit, Michigan

Owosso, Michigan

Stephenson, Michigan

Hopkins, Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota (3 reports)

Rochester, Minnesota

Florence, Mississippi

Jackson, Missouri

Norfolk, Nebraska

Bridgewater, New Jersey

Denville, New Jersey

Coram, New York

Dayton, Ohio

, Ontario

Bend, Oregon

Mill City, Oregon

Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon

Emmaus, Pennsylvania

Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania

Farmington, Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah

Arlington, Washington

Brewster, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin

Oconto, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 1, 2012, plantgnome1 from nowhere land, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

I have five of these as well as 5 white clips in a small garden for a ground cover. First of all this plant should be listed as "Rabbit Food"-because they ate two of them. left a small mound of greenery, hopefully they will come back next year. the ones that didn't get eaten bloomed-not very many flowers and don't last long. I should have planted snow in summer instead. they don't seem to be bothered by rabbits and spread quickly with tiny white flowers all over them. Don't bother with these.


On Nov 15, 2010, ms_greenjeans from Hopkins, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

This is a reliable, long-blooming plant, and since I'm a fan of flowers in the blue/purple color family, it is one of my favorites. It works well as either a border or filler plant and tolerates a wide range of sun/shade conditions.


On Jun 22, 2010, stopandsmelltheroses from Sebastopol, CA wrote:

I bought these at my local nursery this spring. They were not in bloom and were depicted as blue. Mine are PINK! I still love them and they are continuing
to bloom. I have planted the dried flower buds. I am in Zone 9 and have not had many hot days this season. I have staked them to keep them from flopping over and they already have new buds coming up. Nice addition and get many


On Sep 21, 2009, birder17 from Jackson, MO (Zone 6b) wrote:

I grew Campanula "Blue Chips" from seed. I think every seed germinated. The plants were extremely hardy as I kept waiting to find the "right spot" to plant all these plants. I kept dividing the plants and putting them in more pots. I finally planted them in bright shade or the north side of my house and bascially forgot about them. They have bloomed all summer with an occasional watering. I also planted some in hanging baskets with other bigger flowers They did not do as well. These flowers are very easy to germinated by winter sowing. The blooms are quite small but many, and the blue is pretty intense: I would call it a royal blue.


On Aug 2, 2009, Marlina from Blaine, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:

I have both the white and the blue and planted them amongst my hosta just for a little color and until the hosta got bigger and now it is four years later and I have them in between and along the edge of the whole one side of that garden they will grow and spread in sun or light shade does not matter. Pretty addition.


On Oct 1, 2008, Jootsey from Oconto, WI (Zone 4b) wrote:

Beautiful little mounds that bloom from June to October, if you shear back after the first bloom. Easy to divide.


On May 11, 2008, mbhoakct76 from Winsted, CT wrote:

As i look back to the tag it says part shade- but mine are planted in full sun and bloomed alot last year,
last winter was their first winter but it seems they made it through ok in zone 5.


On Jun 25, 2007, dicentra63 from West Valley City, UT (Zone 6b) wrote:

They did OK for awhile in part shade, then they were eaten up either by gastropods or Convolvulus arvensis (bindweed).


On Jun 21, 2007, MN_gardener from Rochester, MN wrote:

I LOVE the look of these plants (or, should I say, "the small bit of one which still remains")... some "critter" seems to find them desirable too as in Spring~~>early Summer, I can enjoy huge, beautiful, blue & white flowering clips along the front border of the entrance to our home, & THEN, the very next morning when I go out to admire & deadhead our lovely plants, I find they have been munched away right down to the soil, & then, they do not come back ever again!


On Jul 12, 2005, fluffygrue from Manchester,
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

Wasn't very impressed - didn't flower for much more than a week and didn't last the winter in the UK.


On Jun 10, 2005, 33libra from Winnipeg, MB (Zone 3a) wrote:

Both Blue Clips and White Clips are fantastic bloomers. They edge my front garden and everyone remarks on them. You can divide them easily and they grow remarkably fast. Rain or shine, they look great. I have them in full sun, light shade and shade.