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 rupestris Sibth. & Sm.

Half hardy, erect to procumbent biennial with elliptic leaves, to 8cm long, and spikes or panicles of blue-mauve flowers.  To 45cm.  [RHSD, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

C. rupestris is a vague and invalid name.  Beautiful things and ugly have alike been sent out under it.  The true C. rupestris makes a silver-haired rosette of lyrate leaves, after the kind of C. Andrewsii; as indeed it should be, for it is only the variety brachyantha of C. Andrewsii itself, producing shorter velvety bells of pale beautiful colour and a waxy crystalline texture.  Beware of sham C. rupestris in catalogues.’  [Ronald Farrer – The English Rock Garden vol.1, p.195/1919].  Don.

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [H.46/1850].


‘A confused name in the trade; perhaps the true plant of Greece is not cultivated with us.’  [Hortus Second].  A further four plants were described under this name at the time:

Campanula rupestris M.Bieb. (1808-1818) = Campanula biebersteiniana Roem. & Schult., synonym Campanula tridentata Schreb. subsp. biebersteiniana (Roem. & Schult.) Ogan.

Campanula rupestris Adams ex Ledeb. (1841) = Campanula bellidifolia Adams

Campanula rupestris Risso ex A.DC. = Campanula macrorrhiza Vuk.

Campanula rupestris Host = Campanula waldsteiniana Roem. & Schult.

But Campanula rupestris Spruner ex Nyman (1878-1885) = Campanula rupicola Boiss. & Spruner, is too late to be Macarthur’s plant.

Published Sep 28, 2009 - 04:38 PM | Last updated Jul 16, 2010 - 10:46 AM

Family Campanulaceae
Region of origin


  • Campanula tomentosa Vent. 
Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Campanula rupestris 

Confidence level medium