Harebell (Campanula alaskana) in bloom
Harebell (Alaska Harebell, Bluebell)
Campanula alaskana
Bellflower family - Campanulaceae

Growth habit: Slender perennial

Height: 20 - 55 cm

Spread: 20 - 30 cm

Bloom Time: June to frost

Bloom Colour: Pale to deep blue

Light: Full sun to semi-shade

Moisture: Average to dry

Soil: Well-drained average to poor garden soil

Seeding: Seeds require cold stratification in order to germinate. Mixing the seeds with sand before sowing will allow for more even distribution. Do not cover, simply press into the soil surface. See the Plant Info Page for more detailed information on growing from seed.

Landscape uses: A graceful and resilient plant, harebells are lovely airy additions to any sunny location where you can see them dancing in the breeze. They work well planted in groups along the front of a border or as single plants scattered in a rock garden. Does not spread, but will self-seed and is easily managed. Suggested spacing for planting is 20 - 30 cm.

Interesting features: Insects, especially native bees, can often be seen taking a nap inside the bell-shaped flowers.

Natural habitat: Woodland edges, sandhills and clearings in Edmonton's river valley. They are more common in dry sandhill and grassland areas in rural areas.

Ecology: Attracts native bees and other pollinating insects.