Campanula barbata

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Booker
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Campanula barbata

An ubiquitous species of the meadows, ridges and boulder fields in the Italian Dolomites this superb campanula can be found in a range of hues from white through to dark blue.

Hoy
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Pretty bellflower!
Here's one from my mountain cabin.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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Beautiful images!  This is one of my favs too....wish they were longer lived but well worth starting new plants ever 2-3 years.

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

Lori S.
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I have a few C. barbata that I started from seed in 2005 that have been going strong ever since.   I wonder if any of the seed I've donated to seedexs from these plants has passed along that perennial habit, or whether it's something to do with the conditions here (nature/nurture)?  I don't recall where I got the seeds from - probably the NARGS seedex - I wonder if the parent plants showed that character too?

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Hoy
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All barbata plants I have is long-lived in the turf of the mountain pasture. Neither do I remember where I got seeds from but they are not collected from wild Norwegian populations.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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I\ve had seed from several sources over the years and none ever lived more than 3 years.  It would be so nice to have a more perennial form.

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

Hoy
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Todd wrote:

I\ve had seed from several sources over the years and none ever lived more than 3 years.  It would be so nice to have a more perennial form.

I'll collect some seed this summer, Todd. I planted a couple of plants the first time and now small seedlings appear where the grass turf is not too thick so I am positive they set good seeds.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Bertil Larsson
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I have grown this Campanula barbata for many years. As it is monocarpic I think it´s good it seeds around by itself but does not become weedy. I have lost the white ones but there might show up some one day. I like campanulas so it is very welcome in my garden.

Bertil Larsson, Dals Rostock, Sweden

RickR
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Welcome to the forum, Bertil! 

Glad to have another Swedish participant to broaden our hortucultural view here in North America.

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Lori S.
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Welcome from me too, Bertil!  I'm looking forward to hearing more about what you are growing.  What is that very nice plant that you are showing in your avatar? 

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Booker
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Welcome Bertil,

Three more images from the meadows of northern Italy.

Cliff Booker A.K.A. Ranunculus
On the moors in Lancashire, U.K.
Usually wet, often windy, sometimes cold ... and that's just me!

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