Spotted Bellflower Campanula punctata

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
long-flowered harebell


Campanula punctata, commonly known as spotted bellflower, is a perennial plant known for its distinctive and attractive flowers. The blooms of this species are bell or cup-shaped, often nodding, and they boast a rich, deep pink to purple color with darker spots inside the floral chamber, giving it the spotted characteristic alluded to in its common name. The base of the flowers is usually a paler shade or even white, creating a lovely gradient effect. The leaves of the spotted bellflower are broadly lance-shaped to ovate, typically featuring a serrated edge and acquiring a green, sometimes slightly bronze hue. These leaves can grow in a rosette at the base of the plant and also alternate along the flowering stems, giving it a lush, full appearance. The stems are upright or can sometimes bend or arch, particularly as the weight of the flowers increases. These stems are adorned with the striking spotted bellflowers, which can create a striking visual display during the blooming period. The plant's overall aspect can be described as robust and cottage-garden charming, with a propensity to spread, creating a delightful patch of color and soft foliage.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Spotted Bellflower, Cherry Bells, Dalmatian Bellflower

    • Common names

      Campanula patula var. punctata, Campanula affinis, Campanula hondoensis, Campanula kiusiana, Campanula lancifolia, Campanula parryi, Campanula punctata f. alba, Campanula punctata var. alba, Campanula punctata var. hondoensis, Campanula punctata var. lancifolia, Campanula punctata var. parryi, Campanula punctata var. pseudoplatycodon, Campanula sarastro, Campanula takesimana, Platycodon hondoensis, Symphyandra hondoensis.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Spotted bellflower (Campanula punctata) is not known to be toxic to humans. Therefore, ingestion of this plant is not typically associated with poisoning or adverse health effects. However, individual sensitivities can exist and it's generally advisable to avoid eating ornamental plants due to potential pesticides or other chemicals used on them.

    • To pets

      Spotted bellflower is not known to be toxic to pets either. Cats and dogs that ingest this plant should not experience symptoms of poisoning. However, as with humans, individual animals may have sensitivities or allergic reactions to plants, and it is always best to prevent pets from ingesting non-food plants, especially in large quantities.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Spread

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      East Asia


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Attractive Blooms: Campanula punctata, commonly known as Spotted Bellflower, produces showy flowers that are visually appealing in gardens and landscapes.
    • Pollinator-Friendly: The flowers attract bees, butterflies, and other beneficial pollinators, supporting local ecosystems.
    • Ease of Care: Spotted Bellflower is known for being low-maintenance and adaptable to a variety of soil conditions, making it suitable for novice gardeners.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, it can tolerate periods of drought, reducing the need for regular watering.
    • Ground Cover: Its spreading habit makes it an effective ground cover that can help suppress weeds and reduce soil erosion.
    • Long Blooming Period: The plant often has a lengthy blooming period that extends the seasonal interest in the garden.
    • Versatility: It can be used in a range of garden settings, including borders, rock gardens, and containers.
    • Propagation: Campanula punctata can be easily propagated through division, making it simple to expand your garden or share with others.
    • Rustic Charm: The quaint, cottage garden aesthetic of the Spotted Bellflower adds a touch of rustic charm to any setting.
    • Seasonal Color: With blooms in shades of pink, white, and purple, it provides a burst of color which can be coordinated with other plants for visual impact.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Campanula punctata, also known as spotted bellflower, can be used as a natural dye for fabrics, providing a range of colors from green to yellow, depending on the mordant used.
    • The leaves of spotted bellflower can be added to compost as a source of nutrients to help in the decomposition process and enhance the quality of the compost.
    • Spotted bellflower can be used in ornamental floral arrangements and dried flower crafts due to its attractive bell-shaped flowers and long vase life.
    • The fibrous stems of mature spotted bellflower plants can be used in papermaking, providing texture and strength to handmade papers.
    • Spotted bellflower plants can act as a groundcover in garden settings, helping to reduce soil erosion on slopes or in areas where grass is hard to establish.
    • The seeds of the spotted bellflower are a potential food source for birds and can be included in birdseed mixes or left in the garden to attract wildlife.
    • During winter, the dried stalks of spotted bellflower can provide structural interest in the garden and also offer overwintering sites for beneficial insects.
    • In photography and art, the unique shape and color of spotted bellflower blooms can serve as inspiration or become the focus in compositions and botanical illustrations.
    • Ancient dyeing techniques may use spotted bellflower roots as a component for creating natural inks used in traditional calligraphy or artwork.
    • The hollow stems of the spotted bellflower, once dried, can be used in small-scale construction projects for model making or as a natural material for crafting.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Spotted Bellflower is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Spotted Bellflower is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Enduring Love: Campanula punctata, commonly known as spotted bellflower, symbolizes the concept of steadfast and persistent love, due to the bell-shaped flowers that hang on the plant for an extended period.
    • Gratitude: Giving someone a spotted bellflower can be a way of saying "Thank you" or showing gratitude for their kindness, which is a common tradition in floriography.
    • Constancy: Spotted bellflowers often symbolize constancy and fidelity, perhaps because of their ability to bloom reliably every year or the bell's association with stable, harmonious sounds.
    • Humility: The spotted bellflower with its nodding bloom can also represent humility, as it appears to be bowing or nodding its head gracefully.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every year
Spring to summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Spotted bellflower prefers consistently moist soil, but it's vital to avoid waterlogging. Water the plant deeply when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch, which typically means once a week. Depending on temperature and humidity, this can amount to about 1 gallon per watering session for an outdoor plant in moderate conditions. In hotter, drier months, you may need to water more frequently. Make sure to pour water directly onto the soil and not over the foliage to prevent leaf diseases.

  • sunLight

    Spotted bellflower thrives in partial shade to full sun conditions. The ideal spot for this plant would be where it can receive morning sunlight but is protected from the intense heat of the afternoon sun. Too much direct sun can lead to leaf scorch, while too little light can cause weak growth and fewer flowers.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Spotted bellflower does well in a temperature range of 50 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. It can tolerate temperatures down to about 30 degrees Fahrenheit but will not survive in conditions that consistently drop below freezing. The ideal growing condition for this plant would be in an area with cool to moderate temperatures, avoiding extreme heat or frost.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune spotted bellflower to maintain its shape and to remove any spent flowers or dead foliage, which will encourage new growth and more blooming. The best time for pruning is after the plant has finished its main flowering cycle. This is typically in late summer or early fall. Cut back the stems to a few inches above the ground every year to promote a healthy plant for the next season.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Spotted Bellflower prefers well-draining soil with a pH range of 6.0 to 7.5. A mix of one part garden soil, one part peat moss, and one part perlite would be ideal to ensure good drainage and aeration while retaining some moisture.

  • plantRepotting

    Spotted Bellflower should be repotted every 2 to 3 years or when it outgrows its current container. Spring is the best time to do this to avoid stressing the plant during its growth period.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Spotted Bellflower thrives best at average room humidity levels. It does not require any special humidity adjustments, making it suitable for typical indoor environments.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Spotted Bellflower near a window with filtered light indoors.

    • Outdoor

      Plant Spotted Bellflower in partial shade to full sun outdoors.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Spotted bellflower (Campanula punctata) begins its life cycle as a seed, which germinates in favorable soil and moisture conditions to produce a small shoot and root system. The shoot develops into a rosette of basal leaves, and the root system expands to establish the plant. In the following growing season, it sends up flowering stems with lance-shaped leaves and nodding, bell-shaped flowers which are typically pink or white with dark purple spots. After flowering, the plant sets seed in small capsules, which when mature, open to release the seeds for dispersal. Throughout its life, spotted bellflower can also propagate vegetatively via rhizomes, spreading to form a clump of plants. The plant exhibits a perennial habit, dying back to the crown each winter and regrowing from overwintering buds during the spring.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to summer

    • Campanula punctata, commonly known as the Spotted Bellflower, is typically propagated by division, a process best undertaken in the spring or early fall. To propagate by division, first, dig up the entire plant, taking care to keep the root ball intact. Gently tease apart the plant into smaller sections, each with a portion of the root system and several shoots. Then, replant these divisions at the same depth they were originally growing, spacing them about 12 inches (approximately 30 centimeters) apart to allow for ample growth. Water the new plantings thoroughly to help establish them. This method of vegetative propagation not only helps to create new plants but can also rejuvenate older clumps that may have become woody or less vigorous.