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Campanula: Houseplant of the Month April 2020

Campanula is a plant with a fresh look, mainly in shades of blue, purple and white. The name bellflower suggests a plant with bell-shaped flowers. This is also reflected in the scientific name: Campana means ‘bell’, and Campanula is the diminutive: little bell. There are also varieties that have star-shaped flowers, such as the Star of Bethlehem, and species with bowl-shaped and tubular flowers. Campanula is not just used as a houseplant; it also works as a garden and patio plant when temperatures allow.


Campanula is a genus with several hundred species that mainly originate from the temperate regions in the Northern hemisphere and the countries around the Mediterranean. Many species are also used in the garden or on the balcony and are suitable for a temporary display in the living room. They keep looking beautiful indoors with their bell or star-shaped flowers.

The Campanula range is diverse, and these are real seasonal plants that are offered from early spring through to autumn. Various Campanula species are popular as houseplants, such as C. isophylla (Star of Bethlehem) with mainly white and blue colours in fairly large bells. C. portenschlagiana (wall bellflower) has smaller bell-shaped flowers. This species is hardy and after being enjoyed indoors it can be planted outdoors in the garden where it can shine as a perennial in spring and summer for years. The range is constantly being expanded, including with purple, white and lavender blue.

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