Campanula, Milky Bellflower 'Pritchards Variety'

Campanula lactiflora

Family: Campanulaceae (kam-pan-yew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Campanula (kam-PAN-yoo-luh) (Info)
Species: lactiflora (lak-tee-FLOR-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Pritchards Variety
Additional cultivar information:(aka Pritchard's Variety)



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade




Foliage Color:



36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone



Bloom Color:

Dark Blue

Medium Blue


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

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:

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

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

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


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

, British Columbia

Norton, Massachusetts

Roslindale, Massachusetts

East Port Orchard, Washington

Parkwood, Washington

Port Orchard, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 11, 2013, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Having read high praise for this cultivar from a variety of sources, I obtained my plant from a usually reliable supplier and planted it last September. When it came into bloom a few weeks ago, I was disappointed by the washy/pale lavender flower color---from what I'd read and from the pictures I'd seen, I'd expected the color to be deeper/more saturated. (In all fairness, it is more saturated than the skim-milk-blue of the species.) Grown in full sun, the stems are lax/floppy and only about 18 inches tall, though I understand that it takes 2-5 years for the plant to reach its mature height. I'm reserving judgement till after another year or two.

According to the (British) Royal Horticultural Society, which has given its prestigious AGM (Award of Garden Merit) to 'Prichard's... read more


On May 30, 2008, WesternWilson from Tsawwassen, BC (Zone 8b) wrote:

This has been my hands down favourite for the last several years. I love the clear, skywashed periwinkle blue flowers, which absolutely glow on overcast and rainy days. It is a welcome bright note (and the foliage is lovely too, tending toward the chartreuse end of green, rather than a heavy, dark colour) here in the rainy Pacific Northwest.


On Jun 29, 2006, hortensia from Langley, BC, BC (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have this plant growing in some shade in my old rose garden. It thrives there and is a wonderful compaion to the roses


On Jan 23, 2005, spklatt from Ottawa, ON (Zone 5a) wrote:

More stiff, erect than the species.