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Canterbury bells are a common sight in cottage gardens. Their bright purple flowers add a richness of color to the pastels of late spring and early summer. They are a short-lived perennial and often need to be replanted.

Latin Name

Campanula medium



Also Known As

Bellflower Glass Flower

Type of Plant

Perennials Perennials

Bloom Season

May - July


Spring Spring
Summer Summer


Max height Max Height: 3'
Max spread Max Spread: 1.5'


  • Annual
  • Flower Border

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun


  • Deer

  • Colors

    Native Range

    Southern Europe


    George French of Fredericksburg, Virginia offered seeds of these for sale in January of 1799.

    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b

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