Campanula Species, Carpathian Harebell, Carpathian Bellflower, Tussock Bellflower

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)
Synonym:Campanula fergusonii
Synonym:Campanula hendersonii
Synonym:Campanula oreophila
Synonym:Campanula turbinata
Synonym:Neocodon carpaticus
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Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

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)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:



White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall





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 pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds


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

Juneau, Alaska

Seward, Alaska

Detroit, Michigan

Pinconning, Michigan

South Rockwood, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota (2 reports)

Florence, Mississippi

Edison, New Jersey

Penn Yan, New York

Fremont, Ohio

Bowmanville, Ontario

Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon

Albrightsville, Pennsylvania

Newtown, Pennsylvania

Lawrenceburg, Tennessee

Sweetwater, Tennessee

Corsicana, Texas

Appleton, Wisconsin

Mukwonago, Wisconsin

Racine, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 25, 2012, darylmitchell from Saskatoon, SK (Zone 3a) wrote:

These are attractive and hardy perennials in my zone, dying back to the soil in winter and regrowing every spring. They readily self-seed and spread, but I wouldn't call them invasive - unwanted plants are easily removed. I have both white and blue varieties, which appear to have naturally hybridized and produced a pale blue variety. Mine thrive in an east exposure with morning sun and afternoon shade.


On Jul 17, 2011, Alice_Illinois from Palatine, IL wrote:

I planted three of these in a basically sunny well drained area and have watered them regularly. The blooms there when I bought the plants were beautiful; but since they died I notice the entire stalk dying. I have tried topping the dead growth; but there is no regeneration. Loved it when in bloom; can't figure out what to do or what went wrong.


On Jan 22, 2006, Katze from Minneapolis, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

I am a beginner gardener and this is definitely a good plant for beginners. I purchased a bellflower plant from a local nursery and planted it in a location that receives full sun. Within 10 days, there were about 6 flowers had bloomed. It bloomed all summer long and was even blooming in October. Definitely an easy care plant since mine hasn't required constant watering.
I'm planning on adding more of these to our yard this year since they're so pretty and easy to take care of.


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

Large bell shaped flowers on wiry stems with attractive foliage. They do spread quite a bit, although I have not found them invasive. Especially nice used at the base of daylilies or other tall plants.


On Mar 19, 2002, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

This campanula is a low grower and forms a 1-2 feet wide clump of heart shaped leaves. Its thin, wiry stems produce upturned, bell-shaped flowers for many weeks in summer. Colors range from white to deep purple. It prefers a fertile soil in sun or partial shade.