Campanula divaricata
(Southern Harebell)

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Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Southern Harebell, Small Bonny Bellflower, Appalachian Bellflower, Panicled Bellflower, Southern Bluebell
    Synonyms: Campanula flexuosa
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 5 - 9
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: May - August
    Status: Native

Campanula divaricata, or Southern Harebell, is native to the southeastern United States. It is a perennial, that grows in fields, rocky outcrops, on cliffs and summits, along roadsides and railroads and in rocky open woods. It blooms in spring through fall, with stalks of many branches, with small, blue bell-shaped flowers.

There are a number of Campanula species in the United States, but most of them are in the Western United States. Of those that grow in the same range, none look much like it. Campanula aparinoides has white flowers, sticky, spindly leaves and grows in wet habitats; Campanula divaricata only overlaps a very small part of the range of the others, but looks quite different as it has many small, blue flowers with petals that curve backward, but Campanula rotundifolia by comparison has a few larger flowers, with petals that do not curve backward. See photo below for comparison.

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