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  • Writer's pictureJulie Borneman

Plant Profile: Campanula rotundifolia-Harebell

Updated: Aug 29, 2022

This delicate looking yet easy to grow plant is a great way to add texture and color to your landscape. It is a diminutive 12-18 inches and looks great in full to part sun. Campanulas like consistent moisture in the soil and do not tolerate overly wet or overly dry conditions.

When picking the right spot for harebell, it is best to find a spot where it can get some relief from the afternoon sun. Some folks think of this as a short-lived plant lasting only a few years in the garden, but if it is happy, it will readily self-seed as well as spread by rhizomes, so you can enjoy it long into the future. Once harebell begins blooming in June, you can deadhead spent flowers to encourage blooming into the fall.

While native to the Piedmont region, Campanula rotundifolia is generally found north of Loudoun County. Campanula is generally found at the edges of woodlands in light shade where the rabbits(Hares) play. You will find harebell to be a nice nectar source for a variety of bees, butterflies and even hummingbirds.

Best of all deer seem to leave it alone!

Authors note: Auto correct keeps changing harebell to hairball. Gives this post a totally different meaning.

Gary A. Monroe, hosted by the USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

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