|Campanula persicifolia 'Chettle Charm'
Books call bellflowers of this species, “peachleaf bellflowers,” although it takes some imagination to connect its leaves to that of a peach tree. Among bellflowers, this species is distinct for its tall, thin graceful habit and large bell-shaped flowers. This particular plant has flowers of white, beautifully edged in pale lavender. The height of the flower stems will be to thirty inches. First-year plants may not produce many flowers, although you will see plenty by the second year. And they make a superlative cut flower for your home. They are the perfect length for a vase and have a long life as a cut flower. Their subtle coloring compliments most any arrangement. Cutting flowers to bring into your home will encourage the plant to keep producing more flowers. Quite cold hardy, to USDA Zone 4 (-30 to -20°F). Unfortunately it is not a plant for the deep South.
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- common name: peachleaf bellflower
- flowering season: summer
- height: 30 inches
- Light requirements: filtered sun, morning light
- Soil requirements: average
- Water requirments: average
- Growth habit: the plant is low until the flowers start to appear; a plants will grow wider fairly quickly so that you may have to keep it in check by dividing it every second year
- How to propagate: digging up and transplanting an outer section of a plant
- Leaf type: light to medium green long oval leaves
- Ways to use it such as in a pot or otherwise: halfway back from the front of a mixed flower bed, or a group planted on its own; the lightly colored flowers show up very well against a dark background such as deep shade behind them or taller plants with dark foliage such as Phormium 'Platt's Black'