Campanula lactiflora

milky bellflower

  • © Rick Peterson / Great Plant Picks

  • © Rick Peterson / Great Plant Picks

  • © Rick Peterson / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

This tall bell flower is a classic old-fashioned, romantic, cottage garden perennial. In July it produces panicles of open, cupped star-shaped flowers that vary from white to deep sky blue on 4 to 5 foot stems. The delicate airy blooms will be in color until the end of August. Trim back fading flowers to encourage re-bloom later in the season. It is easy to grow and also makes a great cut flower.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Flower Color: lavender

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light to open shade

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: mid-to late summer flowers

Wildlife Associations: bees

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: orange

Great Color Partners: pink, lavender, rose

Culture Notes
This vigorous perennial grows well in full sun to light or open shade. It prefers a rich moist or well-drained soil. Provide regular watering during the summer. Trim back fading flowers to encourage rebloom later in the season.