Campanula langsdorffiana A.Gray
Campanula planiflora Engelm.
Campanula rentoniae Senior
Common Name: Parry's Bellflower
Campanula parryi is an erect, herbaceous perennial plant producing a cluster of stems up to 25cm tall from a rhizomatous rootstock.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine. It is sometimes grown as an ornamental in gardens.
Western N. America - Washington to Montana, south to Arizona and New Mexico.
Moist sub-alpine meadows and other open places in mountains; at elevations from 2,100 - 3,000 metres[
|Pollinators||Bees, Flies, Beetles, Lepidoptera, Self
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Campanula parryi is a very cold-hardy plant, tolerating winter temperatures down to at least -20°c[
Prefers a moist but well-drained rich sandy loam and a neutral or alkaline soil in sun or partial shade[
]. Plants grow and spread freely in any light soil and do well when hanging over a wall[
The species in this genus do not often hybridize and so seed can generally be relied upon to come true[
]. The plants are self-fertile[
]. Seed is freely produced in British gardens[
Plants are very attractive to slugs[
Sometimes grown as an ornamental for its attractive flowers, there is at least one named variety[
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[
We have no specific information for this species, but Campanula leaves and flowers are generally more or less edible.
The root is antiphlogistic[
]. A poultice made from the chewed root has been applied to bruises[
The plant has been taken by pregnant women who desired a female child[
The dried plant has been used as a dusting powder to treat sores[
The chewed blossoms have been applied to the skin as a depilatory[
The chewed blossoms are depilatory[
Seed - surface sow spring in a cold frame. The seed usually germinates in 2 - 4 weeks at 18°c[
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a cold frame for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Basal cuttings in spring[
]. Harvest the shoots when they are about 10 - 15cm long with plenty of underground stem. Pot them up into individual pots and keep them in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer.
Division in spring or autumn[
]. Difficult, because the long runners do not take kindly to separation from the parent plant and are difficult to establish[