Family : Campanulaceae
Text © Alessandro Bordin
English translation by Mario Beltramini
Common name : Canterbury Bells
Scientific name : Campanula medium L. (1753)
Subspecies : none
Phytogeographic type : North-western mountain Mediterranean.
Habitat : bushy slopes, heaps of stones and landslides in preferably calcareous soils. It can be found from 150 to 1.500 metres of altitude.
Blossoming : May-June.
Brief description : Perennial plant.
Stem : upright, simple, ramified in the apical part, tall up to 90 cm.
Lower leaves : oblanceolate-spatulate, forming an irregular rosette.
Caulinar leaves: sessile lanceolate. All leaves are thickly bristly.
Flowers : the stem carries, at the apex, a raceme of flowers with a corolla of great size, provided with a peduncle.
Calyx : with tube, lanceolate heart-shaped teeth and folded back appendices.
Corolla : of great size with five lilac-tending petals, divided only at the tip, shows five stigmas.
Fruit : capsule containing many seeds.
Possibility of confusion with other species : none
Possibility of cultivation : in rocky gardens.
Curiosity : it’s the floral emblem of the Principality of Monaco
The photographic file of Giuseppe Mazza