SCIENTIFIC NAME: Campanula
COMMON NAME(S): Canterbury bells, campanula, bluebells, harebells
FAMILY: CAMPANULACEAE - Canterbury bells family
ORIGIN: Temperate Northern Hemisphere, 300 spp.
HABITAT: Woods, mountain slopes, wet meadows, cultivated landscapes
HEIGHT: A few inches to 6'
LEAVES: Usually alternate, often without leaf stems, simple, margins entire or toothed
FLOWERS: Bell-shaped, usually showy, often blue, but also white or pink
FLOWERING SEASON: Spring, summer
ALLERGENIC PRINCIPLES: Unknown
ALLERGENIC PROPERTIES: Dermatological
COMMENTS: Contact dermatitis has been reported for these popular garden plants. There are only a few native species in the Southeast, notably C. americana L., and C. divaricata Michx. C. floridana Wats. is found only in peninsular Florida. Species often found in gardens include C. carpatica Jacq., C. medium L. and C. persicifolia L. Many hybrids are grown as well.