Canterbury Bells were among the first imported flowers grown in colonial American gardens, where they were valued for their blue, bell-shaped flowers as well as for their edible roots. In 1812, Thomas Jefferson recorded sowing the "Bellflower" at Monticello; this may have been the biennial Canterbury Bells, or one of the perennial Campanula species available at the time. Jefferson-documented: This plant was documented by Thomas Jefferson in his Garden Book, Notes on the State of Virginia, or other writings.
Native Distribution: Southern Europe
Sow seeds indoors in summer and transplant the seedlings to individual pots before moving to the garden in early fall. While campanula is tolerant of poor soils and drier conditions, plants flourish in nutrient rich, moist conditions. The plants will establish crowns of leaves before heavy frost and bloom late the next spring. Approximately 150 seeds per packet.
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