Description and General Information:
This bellflower is native to the eastern Alps, Carpathians and Balkans, growing in alpine meadows at an elevation of 1250-2000m. While reputed to be perennial, plants generally behave as a biennial in cultivation. In the first season, it produces a rosette of narrow, deep green, slightly hairy leaves. When it blooms, stems reach to 10-15 cm, topped with a raceme of nodding, 1.5-2 cm, mid to dark blue, hairy bells.
This bellflower requires full sun, a well-drained site and soil that is on the acidic side. It hardy to at least zone 5.
In the wild, plants bloom May and June. In cultivation, it may bloom anytime from May in milder areas to August in cooler, coastal regions.
Sow at 20 C; germination should occur within 6 weeks; if not, try giving them 8 weeks of stratification.
Plants are tap-rooted and usually monocarpic so division is not an option.