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Fun Facts about the Campanula Isophylla

Campanula isophylla is the botanical name of a flower that is popularly known by many names including Italian Bellflower, Star of Bethlehem and Falling Stars. It is also referred to as Campanula Stella Blue or Stella White depending on the color of the flowers. The dainty elegance of the flowers makes this an attractive addition to any garden and it is particularly popular as a container plant.

This group of plant usually grows low and has a trailing quality. The plant has heart-shaped leaves and is known for its distinctive bell-shaped, star-faced flowers which come in blue, lavender-blue and white. The blooming season for the flowers is from spring through fall for this perennial. The flowers are clustered at the end of the stems giving the viewer the full impact of a floral display when it is at its peak bloom. The Campanula isophylla has base leaves that are broader and larger than the leaves higher up on the stem. The leaves can be described as heart shaped.

Given the range of shapes of this plant that are available it is also used variedly by gardeners and landscapers. The smaller varieties of the Italian Bellflower are used popularly in rocky nooks on the sides of a walking path in the garden. The trailing varieties of the plant are perfect to use as ground cover plants and make for great hanging baskets. They are very pretty in a small front porch garden or sunroom setting also. The more upright varieties of the species can be grown as perennial borders as they provide a nice background and they can also be placed under trees.

These plants, which are sometimes described as glasshouse perennials, can be grown from seed. You can sow any time from July to January and by maintaining the temperature at 15-20°C and leaving the seeds uncovered you can generate healthy plants. You can also take stem cuttings in spring for plant propagation.

The Campanula plants grow to a typical height of under one foot although the upright varieties can reach as high as 5 feet. They are considered low maintenance perennials. Their foliage is simple and the drama of the plant comes from the flowers which are in full effect from April through August. They need well drained and rich soil. Good exposure to morning sun and afternoon shade are ideal conditions for the species.  They need brightness but should be protected from direct hot sun and this can be detrimental to the plant. With some attention during the winter months in terms of moving it indoors, this is a plant that can last many years.

In terms of caring for the plant, experts recommend that the flowers should be removed as they die for proper blooming of the plant; dead-heading ensures a longer period of floral health. It is also a good idea to have regular overall trimming of the plant once every few months. The plant does well in normal room temperature and should be protected from frost.  It is a good idea to mist the Campanula isophylla leaves frequently. Plant owners should ensure that the compost soil stays moist especially during the summer months. Reduced watering is advised for the winter season. You can use plant food for additional enrichment every two weeks during active growth periods.

Slug damage and rust fungus are the usual dangers that can impact the C. isophylla. Slugs thrive in moist climates especially under ground covers and maintaining a very clean garden with frequent inspections to destroy the eggs is the only way to protect your plants from these greedy and aggressive eaters. Rust fungus is also the result of an overly wet condition and it is critical to avoid over-watering your plant and to provide an environment with sufficient air circulation. Prompt removal of affected leaves and judicious use of fungicide can help in treating affected plants.


 

 


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