Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Campanula lactiflora M.Bieb.

Hardy perennial with toothed oblong leaves and whiteish-blue flowers in terminal panicles.  To 1.2m or more.  [RHSD, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘Plants in a cultivated state frequently lose more or less of their pubescence; so in the present instance while the stem remained hispid, the leaves and the calyxes shewed very little hairiness, the former were rough on the under surface, but not hairy; the latter smooth, except towards the inner points of the segments, unevenly serrulate: serratures glandular and red-coloured.  Flowers in a close panicle, white.  M. Marschall von Bieberstein remarks, that the flowers are white or of a very dilute blue colour: this excellent botanist collected it in the pastures about Wladi-Kawkas castle, in the mount Kaischaur, one of the Caucasean alps, and first described the species.  A hardy perennial of considerable beauty. […] The plant from which our drawing was taken, was communicated by Messrs. Loddiges and Sons, nearly three years ago, in July 1815.’  [BM t.1973/1818]. 

History at Camden Park

Seed order to Hurst and McMullen, Seedsmen and Florists of London, on 8th April 1846.  [MP A2933-1, p.132].


Published Sep 29, 2009 - 04:37 PM | Last updated Jul 16, 2010 - 10:45 AM

Figured are toothed leaves and upright, whitish flowers with red bracts.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.1973, 1818.

Campanula lactiflora M.Bieb. | BM t.1973/1818 | BHL

Family Campanulaceae
Region of origin

Siberia to Caucasus

Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Campanula lactiflora 

Confidence level high