Nettle-leaved Bellflower - Campanula trachelium

Scientific Name: Campanula trachelium.

English Name: Nettle-leaved Bellflower, Bats-in-the-Belfry or Blue Foxglove.

French Name: La Campanule gantelée (='gloved campanula' - this reference to gloved or gauntleted in the name is very old. You also find ganteline, gantilier, gantelet and gant-de-notre-dame) or Campanule a feuilles d'ortie (='nettle-leaved campanula').

5 Key Characters:
  • leaves oval-triangular with a strong central rib.
  • flowers loosely grouped, with leaves amongst the flowers.
  • long bell shaped pale purpley blue flowers.
  • erect, 50 - 100 cm.
  • stem sharply angled.
Lookalikes: Harebell C. rotundifolia, which has rounded leaves and fewer flowers, drooping on long stems.

Habitat: Woods, hedgerows, thickets, rocky places, on calcareous, neutral or acidic soils.

Flowering Period: May-June-July-August-September.

Status: Widespread and locally common. Can be a conspicuous species of woodland here.

Photographed by Loire Valley Nature:

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