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Campanula latifolia L. var. macrantha A.DC.

A vigorous, erect perennial with somewhat sparse foliage and dark blue, broadly tubular flowers, to 6cm long.  To 1m.  [RHSD, Hortus].  

Horticultural & Botanical History

Introduced to Britain in 1822.  [PD].  ‘The seeds of this plant were received by Mr. Anderson from Dr. Fischer, of the Imperial botanic garden at Petersburgh, under the name of Campanula macrantha; but we cannot find any characters sufficient to establish a specific difference between it and C. latifolia, of which speies we therefore consider it as a variety only.  A hardy perennial. Native of Russia, as respects this variety; but the species is found in several parts of Great Britain, more especially is the north, as well as on the continent of Europe.  Blossoms in June and July.  Communicated by Mr Anderson from the botanic garden in Chelsea.’  [BM t.2553/1825].  BM t.3347/1834.

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1845, 1850 and 1857 catalogues [H.38/1845].


See also Campanula persicifolia L. var. macrantha, a possible identification for this plant.

In the catalogues micrantha may be a printing error with macrantha intended.

Published Feb 06, 2009 - 02:53 PM | Last updated Jul 16, 2010 - 10:51 AM

Shown is an upright herb with toothed leaves and large purple bell-shaped flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.2553, 1825.

Campanula latifolia L. var. macrantha A.DC. | BM t.2553/1825 | BHL

Family Campanulaceae
Region of origin




  • Campanula macrantha Fisch. ex Hornem. 
Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Campanula micrantha 

Confidence level low