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Nettle Leaved Bellflower (Campanula Trachelium)

Key facts about Nettle Leaved Bellflower

  • Height: 50-80cm
  • Flowering Time: July – September
  • Flower colour: purple-blue
  • Growth habit: Upright plant with long stalks
  • Habitat: Likes chalky soils in woodland, grassland and hedge banks. Prefers light shade
  • Appears in: Cottage Garden Meadowmat


nettle leaved bellflower

A cottage garden favourite and popular with bumblebees who adore the bell shaped flowers. Leaves, as the name suggests, are bristly and heart shaped with toothed edges – just like a stinging nettle.

Several flowers appear on each stem and are spaced along its length.  The top flowers open first (unlike the giant bellflower whose lower flowers are the first to open)

The flowers themselves are a bluish, purple grey colour, 25-35mm long and with a nice wide entrance to welome visiting bees.

Uses for Nettle Leaved Bellflower

The alternative name for Campanula trachelium is “throatwort”. “Trachelium” refers to its ancient medicinal use as a throat medicine.

Other names include “Our Lady’s Bells” because the blue flowers are reminiscent of the Virgin Mary’s headscarf. “Coventry Bells” – because this plant was especially common around the Midlands town of Coventry. And “Bats in the Belfry” because the stamens look like little bats hanging upside down in a church belltower.

Nettle Leaved Bellflower is also one of 30+ species of wildflower in our Cottage Garden Meadowmat. Why was it included? Well, for lots of reasons

  • Tall, showy flower spikes in the height of summer
  • Easy to grow and not susceptible to disease
  • Delicate colour
  • Attractive to bumblebees
  • Low maintenance and easy to care for
  • Frost hardy
  • Perennial

Cottage Garden Meadowmat is just the ticket for gardeners who want the enjoy all of the benefits of a wildflower area but are aiming at a more cultivated look.

Find out more about cottage garden Meadowmat here 

Find out more about the different varieties of Meadowmat and where to use them in the garden.