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Campanula rapunculoides L.

Fully hardy perennial with deep blue flowers in summer.  To 90cm.  [RHSD, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘This plant [Campanula infundibuliformis] was raised at Chelsea, from seeds gathered in the Vienna garden, in 1817, under the name of Campanula lamiifolia; but it cannot be the lamiifolia of the Flora Caucasica, which appears to be our macrophylla (No. 912) the allariaefolia of Hortus Kewensis.  It may, however, be Hornemann’s plant; or it may perhaps be rapunculoides variety alpha of the Flora Caucasica.  It differs, however, from all of these in not having the sinuses of the calyx reflexed, as well as in the form of the leaves.  Communicated by Mr. Anderson, curator of the Apothecaries’ garden at Chelsea, in july, 1823.’  [BM t.2632/1826].

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1845, 1850 and 1857 catalogues [H.45/1845].


Campanula rapunculoides Pall. ex Steud. (1840) = Campanula bononiensis L.  [See Campanula persicifolia var. maxima Curt.].

Published Sep 28, 2009 - 04:29 PM | Last updated Jul 16, 2010 - 10:46 AM

Shown is an upright herb with lance-shaped leaves and bell-shaped blue flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.2632, 1826.

Campanula rapunculoides L. | BM t.2632/1826 as Campanula infundibuliformis | BHL

Family Campanulaceae
Region of origin

Europe, Asia

  • Campanula pulcherrima Hort.
  • Campanula infundibuliformis Sims 
Common Name

Creeping bellflower, Rover bellflower

Name in the Camden Park Record

Campanula rapunculoides 

Confidence level high