Campanula glomerata var ‘Alba’
CROWN OF SNOW
Campanula glomerata var ‘Alba’ is the lovely white form of the normal purple Clustered Bellflower.
So pure, white, eye-catching flowers are clustered tightly together like a crown, atop sturdy stems.
While the foliage makes a low, groundcover carpet below.
White crowns above a weed suppressing groundcover
The Crown of Snow Bellflower is an easy vigorous grower, making an excellent weed suppressing groundcover around and under taller plants or shrubs, or along a front edge. It is not invasive.
Snowy blooms first appear in early summer, and then repeat again several times during the summer and autumn.
Commercial quality cut flowers for florists
You can really encourage rapid repeat of blooms by removing flower stems when they have finished, or harvesting them for cut flowers.
And harvesting blooms is no hardship, as Campanula glomerata var ‘Alba’ makes an excellent cut flower for florists.
Low care, quick & easy from seed, easy to grow
Campanula glomerata var ‘Alba’ enjoys Full Sun or Shade for part of the day.
And some shade in hotter districts will allow it to grow more lushly.
Because the foliage hugs the ground, it doesn’t like too much wet, preferring to be well drained underneath, and some surface compost or mulch.
The Crown of Snow Bellflower is very frost hardy.
SEED SOWING ADVICE: QUICK & EASY
Suitable for beginners & kids
Sow seeds indoors at any time / or scatter in the garden late winter-early spring
INDOORS: Sow the seeds in a punnet on the surface of good quality seed raising mix.
Now gently pat the seeds to the surface of the mix to ensure good contact.
Do not cover the seed with mix, as these seeds need light to germinate.
Now thoroughly moisten the punnet by standing in a shallow water bath.
And allow the moisture to percolate up to the surface of the mix from below.
Then drain and cover the seed punnet with a clear lid to retain moisture (glass, perspex or plastic are all suitable).
And place in a warm, well-lit position (not in direct sunlight)
Temperatures of 18-20°C approx. are best for rapid and optimum germination.
Keep the punnet moist by misting from a spray water bottle as required, but do not saturate.
Seeds germinate in 14-28 days approx.
Pot on seedlings once two sets of leaves appear to harden off and mature before planting out in the garden.
SEED COUNT: 200 seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count, and give a generous serve).
GROWING: Campanula glomerata var. ‘Alba’
– Height with flowers: 45cm approx.
– Width: 60cm approx.
– Position: Full Sun as well as Partial Shade with some shade an advantage in hotter areas.
– Soil: Best in slightly alkaline, fertile but well-drained soil. However they will tolerate a range of soil conditions once established. Because they like lime, they are perfect companion underplanting for roses.
– Frost: Very frost hardy and can tolerate hard frosts down to approx. -20C. depending on conditions.
– Growth: Evergreen perennial with a thick ground hugging carpet of foliage, and 45cm stout flower stems above with blooms clustered atop.
– Birds & bees: Bees and other other beneficial insect pollinators all adore sipping from the nectar rich flowers. While the short trumpet shaped blooms are perfectly made for native honey-eating birds.
– Care: Easy care and low maintenance.
Apply a slow release fertilizer in early Spring to boost flowering.
Additionally just tidy up of old growth and any spent blooms at the end of the season before or during winter. Cutting back any spent flower stems during the flowering season will bring on more rapid repeat blooms.
– Origin: Campanula glomerata var. ‘Alba’ grows in the wild across widely differing areas of Europe and Asia, extending from Britain to Japan. With such a wide range it is no wonder it is such a hardy and adaptable plant. It grows happily untended in habitats as widely varying as sand dunes to woodlands.
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