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Pink Octopus Bellflower

Campanula punctata 'Pink Octopus'

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Pink Octopus Bellflower (Campanula punctata 'Pink Octopus') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Campanula punctata 'Pink Octopus' flowers

Campanula punctata 'Pink Octopus' flowers

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Plant Height:  12 inches

Flower Height:  18 inches

Spread:  12 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Spotted Bellflower

Description:

Unique flowers have dangling strap-like petals that look like octopus legs, abundantly produced; prune after flowering to rebloom; plant in a mass for most impact

Ornamental Features

Pink Octopus Bellflower features bold nodding pink spider-like flowers with rose spots at the ends of the stems from early to mid summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its serrated heart-shaped leaves remain green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Pink Octopus Bellflower is an herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Pink Octopus Bellflower is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Pink Octopus Bellflower will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity extending to 18 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Pink Octopus Bellflower is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers 
Ornamental Features