Common Name: spotted bellflower
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Zone: 5 to 7
Height: 1.00 to 2.00 feet
Spread: 1.00 to 2.50 feet
Bloom Time: June to July
Bloom Description: Cherry red
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Suggested Use: Naturalize
Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers part shade in hot summer climates. Does not perform well in summer climates where night temperatures consistently remain above 70 degrees F. Needs regular moisture. Divide clumps in fall every 3-4 years. Spreads freely by both rhizomes and self-seeding under optimum growing conditions.
'Cherry Bells' is a spotted bellflower cultivar that features pendulous cherry-red bells (flowers on the Kemper Center plants are dusky rose however). It is an upright perennial which typically grows 1-2' tall. Large, tubular, bell-like flowers (to 2" long) are cherry red with inside spotting. Flowers droop from arching leafy stems over a long late spring to early summer bloom period. Stems rise up from basal rosettes of rounded, toothed, medium green leaves (to 5" long). The Royal Horticultural Society lists the correct name of this plant as Campanula punctata f. rubriflora 'Cherry Bells'.
No serious insect or disease problems.
Borders, rock gardens, cottage gardens, lightly shaded woodland settings or naturalized areas. Group or mass for best effect.