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Clustered bellflower

(Campanula glomerata )

Clustered bellflower © Beth Newman/Plantlife

Clustered bellflower © Beth Newman/Plantlife


A short but beautiful wildflower.

Eyecatching and hard to miss, clustered bellflower has a crimson stem and purple-blue, bell-shaped blooms that gaze towards the sky.

Distribution

South and east England and south-east Scotland.

Habitat

Downs and grassy banks.

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.

County flower of Kincardineshire and Rutland.

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