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 medium L.

Fully hardy, slow-growing, clump-forming biennial with single or double, white, pink or blue, bell-shaped flowers in spring to summer.  To 90cm.  [RHSE, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Figured in Flore Coloriée de Poche.  [Flore Coloriée de Poche p.68/1902].  An ancient garden plant, grown in British gardens since at least 1597 and probably much longer.  [JD]. Don.

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [H.40/1843].


Campanula medium Lapeyr. (1813) = Campanula speciosa Pourr.

Published Sep 28, 2009 - 11:34 AM | Last updated Jul 16, 2010 - 10:47 AM

Figured is an upright herb with toothed, lance-shaped leaves and bell-shaped pink flowers.  Flore Colori?e de Poche p.68, 1902.

Campanula medium L. | Flore Coloriée de Poche p.68/1902 | BHL

Family Campanulaceae
Region of origin

Southern Europe

Common Name

Canterbury bells

Name in the Camden Park Record

Campanula medium 

Confidence level high