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Bellflowers Fast Facts

By Charmayne Smith ; Updated September 21, 2017

Bellflowers are perennial, sun-loving flowers that are native to the Northern Hemisphere. These multi-shaped flowers are often referred to as bluebells for their bluish color variations. Still, these flowers range in colors from bluish-lavender to white.

The Species

There are more than 300 species of bellflowers. Unlike most bellflowers, the lactiflora, latifolia and takesimana bellflowers grow well in partial shade and moist soils.


Bellflowers are grown from seeds and can be started indoors or outdoors. If starting indoors, plant them in spring when the soil becomes warm.


Bellflower blooms begin to appear in early to mid summer. The blooms last until the first frosts of fall.

Winter Hardiness

Most bellflowers have strong winter hardiness and require little winter protection. A simple mulching will provide ample shelter.


Bellflowers grow in a wide array of shapes that include the common upright, bell-shaped flower, the cup flower, bowl flower, tubular flower and the star-shaped flower.


About the Author


Writing professionally since 2004, Charmayne Smith focuses on corporate materials such as training manuals, business plans, grant applications and technical manuals. Smith's articles have appeared in the "Houston Chronicle" and on various websites, drawing on her extensive experience in corporate management and property/casualty insurance.