USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York. Vol. 3: 295.
WILD SEED PROJECT IS OFFERING SEEDS, SO THIS SPECIES IS NOT A PRIORITY.
Where Commonly Found: Cliffs, bald, ledges, meadows, fields, shores of rivers or lakes, CT, ME, MA, NH, NY, VT.
How to Identify:
(For unfamiliar words: Wikipedia Glossary of Botanical Terms).
Go Botany Key to Campanula rotundifolia.
Missouri Botanical Garden description of Campanula rotundifolia.
Flower Color: Blue to purple.
Flower Type: 5 radial petals, 5 stamen. Flowers are up to 1/2″-1″ long, bell-shaped, hang singly or in clusters on nodding, mostly unbranched stems,
Flower Time: July – September.
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate leaves on delicate plants with slender, smooth or slightly hairy stems, one leaf per node along stem.
Leaf Type: Basal rosette of small, rounded, long-stalked leaves, up to 1″, simple leaves that tend to disappear when flowering starts. Alternate linear leaves on stalk, 1″-3″ long, sessile (no leaf petiole and leaf base attaches directly to the stem).
Seed Collection: Fine seeds that are hard to time collection before capsule crack open. Collect plump, green fruit ridged capsules, when a few are brown and ripen in a brown paper bag, shake and sieve through a screen.
Light: Full Sun to Full Shade
Hardiness Zone: 3 to 6 USDA Zone Map
Soils: Dry, Sandy
Notes: Bluebell Bellflower is a diminutive sweet low-growing wildflower that is not quite aggressive enough to serve as a weed-suppressing ground cover, but nice to add to your lawn or pollinator garden in masse.
Native to Northeast, Midwest and Western US: Biota of North America Program (BONAP) – North American Plant Atlas (NAPA).