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Campanula 'Birch Hybrid' - Birch's Bellflower
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Campanulaceae (Bellflowers)
Origin: Garden Origin
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Violet
Bloomtime: Summer
Synonyms: [Campanula portenschlagiana 'Birch Hybrid']
Parentage: (Campanula portenschlagiana hybrid)
Height: <1 foot
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 0-10 F
Campanula 'Birch Hybrid' (Birch's Bellflower) - This plant is a vigorous spreading evergreen perennial to 6 inches tall by 18 inches wide with tough, arching, prostrate stems and small toothed reniform shaped leaves rising up on long petioles. Over a long period from late spring through mid-summer emerge the large clusters of upward facing open bell-shaped flowers that are deep iridescent violet - blooms reliably for a long period and can be extended by deadheading. Plant in full coastal sun to light shade and give regular irrigation. Hardy to 5 F and useful from USDA Zones 5 to 10. Foliage is not attractive to deer or rabbits. This plant is a nice showy small scale ground cover for an irrigated area and also makes great container plant. It comes from the historic Birch Farm Nursery operated by the Ingwerson family in West Sussex, England and is noted as having one of the longest flowering displays of the smaller campanulas. This hybrid is sometimes listed as a Campanula poscharskyana selection but is thought to actually be a hybrid of this species with Campanula portenschlagiana, though it is noted as not being as aggressively invasive as this later species. It was selected as a Great Plant Picks for the Pacific Northwest by The Elisabeth Carey Miller Botanic Garden and was one of Pacific Horticulture 2009 Great Plant Picks. For more information on the parent species see our listings of Campanula portenschlagiana and Campanula poscharskyana This description is based on our research and the observations we have made of this plant as it grows in containers at our nursery, in our own garden and in other gardens. We also appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Campanula 'Birch Hybrid'.