Canterbury Bells;
 
A very popular ornamental herb up to 1 m tall, densely hairy; basal leaves ovate to obovate, up to 25 cm long, crenate undulate with winged petiole; upper sessile, smaller; flowers blue to white, large, 5-6 cm long, campanulate, 1-2 together in racemes; calyx bristly-ciliate with large ovate appendages; corolla slightly inflated at base.
 


Campanula medium, common name Canterbury Bells, also known as the bell flower, is an annual or biennial flowering plant of the genus Campanula, belonging to the family Campanulaceae. In floriography, it represents gratitude, or faith and constancy. 

Campanula medium reaches approximately 60–80 centimetres (24–31 in) in height. This biennial herbaceous plant forms rosettes of leaves in the first year, stems and flowers in the second one. The stem is erect, robust, reddish-brown and bristly hairy. The basal leaves are stalked and lanceolate to elliptical and 12–15 centimetres (4.7–5.9 in) long with serrated leaf edge. The upper leaves are smaller, lanceolate and sessile, almost embracing the stem.
The flowers are arranged in a racemose inflorescence of extremely long lasting blooms. These attractive bell-shaped flowers are short-stalked, large and hermaphroditic, with different shades of violet-blue or rarely white. The corolla has five fused petals with lightly bent lobes.
The flowering period extends from May to July. The hermaphroditic flowers are either self-fertilized (autogamy) or pollinated by insects (bees, butterflies, etc.)(entomogamy).[1] The seeds ripen from Aug to September and are dispersed by gravity alone (“barochory”).
Campanula medium originates in southern Europe. It is naturalized in most of European countries and in North America and it is widely cultivated for its beautiful flowers.  
(From Wikipedia on 28.9.13) 
 

 



  

 

Campanula medium from Cheshma shahi garden, Kashmir:   Campanula medium, earlier also uploaded by … from the same place, Cheshma shahi garden in Srinagar, Kashmir.
Adding photographs of flower closeup and fruiting calyx also.

 

 

Campanulla Bells from Srinagar (16/06/2011 NSJ-02):  Campanulla Bells from Srinagar. Pl confirm.


 

 

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Campanulaceae & Gentianaceae Week:Campanulla Bells:  Campanulla bells from Shrinagar.


Yes in Moghul garden, Campanula medium


Campanulaceae & Gentianaceae Week: Campanulaceae-Campanula medium from Cheshma shahi garden, Kashmir:

Campanula medium L., Sp. pl. 1:167. 1753
Syn: Campanula grandiflora Lam. (non Jacq.)
Common names: Canterbury-bells, cup-and-saucer
A very popular ornamental herb up to 1 m tall, densely hairy; basal leaves ovate to obovate, up to 25 cm long, crenate undulate with winged petiole; upper sessile, smaller; flowers blue to white, large, 5-6 cm long, campanulate, 1-2 together in racemes; calyx bristly-ciliate with large ovate appendages; corolla slightly inflated at base. 
Photographed from Cheshma shahi garden in Srinagar, Kashmir.


 

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Campanulaceae & Gentianaceae Week: Campanulaceae: Campanula medium ??? from Leh:  Seen this plant at Leh (Ladakh). Could this be Campanula medium??. Kindly validate ID.


Yes Campanula medium

Large flowers, rigidly hairy calyx appendages are distinctive.


 

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Campanulaceae & Gentianaceae Week: Campanulaceae – Canterbury bells from Srinagar:

Sending photos of Canterbury bells from Srinagar
Date : June 2008
Habitat : Cultivated



Campanula medium L., Sp. pl. 1:167. 1753
Syn: Campanula grandiflora Lam. (non Jacq.)
Common names: Canterbury-bellscupandsaucer
A very popular ornamental herb up to 1 m tall, densely hairy; basal leaves ovate to obovate, up to 25 cm long, crenate undulate with winged petiole; upper sessile, smaller; flowers blue to white, large, 5-6 cm long, campanulate, 1-2 together in racemes; calyx bristly-ciliate with large ovate appendages; corolla slightly inflated at base. 
Photographed from Cheshma shahi garden in Srinagar, Kashmir.


Thanks for showing this popular ornamental. In fact it is not popular here in Uttarakhand so not seen earlier.


 

Campanula medium  

Canterbury Bells from Srinagar June 2007


 

 

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Here is the white flowered cultivar of C. medium from Kashmir.


 

 

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Campanulla bells from Srinagar gardens. (June 13)


Yes Campanula medium. Nice photographs


 

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Campanulaceae & Gentianaceae Fortnight: Campanulaceae: Campanula medium:: from Leh: PKA23 : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4).

Campanula medium seen at Leh (Ladakh).    


Nice set of photos …


 

 
 
 
 
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