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Southern Bluebell Campanula divaricata

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kam-PAN-yoo-luh dih-var-ih-KAY-tuh
Description

Campanula divaricata, or Appalachian bellflower, is a flowering, perennial wildflower native to the eastern United States. It is most often found in the Appalachian Mountains in areas of dry to average, well-drained rocky acidic soils in filtered shade to full sun, such as rock outcrops, cliffs, or summits. This wildflower produces small blue flowers in late summer. Southern harebell is drought-tolerant once established. It prefers sloping, open woodland situations and rocky outcrops. 

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#bees#arching#drought tolerant#perennial#acidic soil#wildlife plant#nectar plant#blue flowers#specialized bees#NC native#well-drained soil#alpine#lavender flowers#mountains#milky sap#self-seeding#pollinator plant#native wildflower#wildflower garden#delicate flowers#rocky soils tolerant#dry soils tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Campanula
    Species:
    divaricata
    Family:
    Campanulaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    West Virginia to Southeastern United States, NC
    Distribution:
    found primarily in the Appalachian mountains
    Wildlife Value:
    This species, and other members of the genus Campanula, support the Plasterer Bee (Colletes brevicornis).
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Wildflower
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Erect
    Multi-stemmed
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Green
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Length:
    1-3 inches
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Raceme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Bell
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Large, loose cluster of small, pale, blue-violet flowers with a long, protruding style. Droops from horizontal branches. Blooms mid-summer into fall.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Rough
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Linear
    Oblanceolate
    Oblong
    Leaf Margin:
    Dentate
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves lanceolate, ovate or oblanceolate, the uppermost linear, sharply serrate, narrowed to the base, 2 to 3 inches long, 1/4 to 1 inch wide or the lowest commonly shorter and broader.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Slender, multi-branched weak-stemmed plant with many attractive, dangling, small, bell-shaped blue flowers.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Rock Wall
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Mass Planting
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Specialized Bees
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Dry Soil