GIANT BELLFLOWER

Campanula latifolia

Bellflower Family [Campanulaceae]

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status
statusZnative
flower
flower8azure flower8lilac
inner
inner8white
morph
morph8actino
petals
petalsZ5
type
typeZtrumpet
stem
stem8angular
stem
stem8milkysap stem8milkylatex

30th June 2008, River Lune, Lancaster. Photo: © RWD
Grows handsomely up to 4 feet tall in a single un-branched stem. The lower flowers open first (it's the other way around with the similar Nettle-leaved Bellflower.


30th June 2008, River Lune, Lancaster. Photo: © RWD
Un-like the mid-blue of Nettle-leaved Bellflower the flowers are a lilac to azure pale blue. Inner part almost white.


30th June 2008, River Lune, Lancaster. Photo: © RWD
A bell-shaped flower with five petals cut to about half-way.


30th June 2008, River Lune, Lancaster. Photo: © RWD
Star-shaped from the front. The petals are hairy with three to five veins.


30th June 2008, River Lune, Lancaster. Photo: © RWD
The prominent stigma splits into three only near the end, like most Bellflowers except Clustered Bellflower.


30th June 2008, River Lune, Lancaster. Photo: © RWD
A much longer bell than Peach-Leaved Bellflower. Five sepals at rear in star-formation. Main stem softly hairy and bluntly angled.


30th June 2008, River Lune, Lancaster. Photo: © RWD
Hairy throat. The anthers may be the filaments deep inside?


30th June 2008, River Lune, Lancaster. Photo: © RWD
Un-opened buds are at the top of the plant.


30th June 2008, River Lune, Lancaster. Photo: © RWD
Sepals in star shape taper to a point. Un-opened bud large, but typically bellflower shaped.


29th July 2008, Newton, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Leaves irregularly toothed, broadly lanceolate to narrowly triangular; the largest near the ground.


29th July 2008, Newton, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Lower leaves have winged stalks.


Easily mis-identified as : Nettle-leaved Bellflower but there the buds open from the top downwards rather than the other way around with Giant bellflower. Also, the flowers of Nettle-leaved Bellflower are mid-blue whereas those of Giant Bellflower are usually a paler blue. Leaves similar, but more Stinging Nettle shaped on Nettle-leaved Bellflower, having more prominent teeth.

Grows in woods and hedge banks (and probably in folks gardens).


  Campanula latifolia  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Campanulaceae  

Distribution
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Campanula
(Bellflowers)

GIANT BELLFLOWER

Campanula latifolia

Bellflower Family [Campanulaceae]

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