Clustered bellflower Campanula glomerata

Status Green - Least concern
Best Time to See June, July, August, September
Colour Blue, Purple
Habitat Grassland

A short but beautiful wildflower.

Eye-catching and hard to miss, clustered bellflower has a crimson stem and purple-blue, bell-shaped blooms that gaze towards the sky. The flowers are mainly in dense terminal clusters but with a few lower down the stem. Lower leaves are stalked, upper ones clasping the stem, all are toothed.

Distribution

South and east England and south-east Scotland.

Habitat

Downs and grassy banks. It is a locally common native of chalk and limestone grassland, and sometime of sea cliffs.

Best time to see

When it flowers June-September.

Did you know?

Many wildflowers are associated with graves and the idea they grow from the remains of the dead. Clustered bellflower is such a plant: in Cambridgeshire its local name is 'Dane's blood', its red stem said to be stained with the blood of norsemen buried beneath ground. In Wiltshire it is known as Stars.

It is the County flower of Kincardineshire and Rutland.

In Rutland, the familiar flowers of the southern limestone are scarce, and are treasured accordingly.