Campanula patula

Eric la Fountane here again, with a brief entry while Daniel is on holiday. Today’s photo was selected from the BPotD Flickr Pool. It was taken by Beranekp in the Czech Republic—original photo. Thanks beranekp, I really like the balance of light in this photo.

Campanula patula or spreading bellflower is found throughout much of Europe and parts of Asia, but is not common. Populations of the species have been declining in the wild and it is considered endangered in some areas. Often found in meadows and pastures, the biennial plants grow to 25 to 30 cm. The branching stems bear purple (occasionally white) bell-shaped flowers in summer. The petals are pointed and more separate than typical campanulas, giving less of a bell shape.

Campanula patula

11 responses to “Campanula patula”

  1. Elizabeth Revell

    Purple, or blue? I often find that the camera doesn’t pick up these shades just right. Whichever, what this photo is, is luminous! Thankyou.

  2. annie Morgan

    Stunning photo of a lovely plant.

  3. Troy Mullens

    Beautiful. I don’t believe we have this in Texas, but saw it in New York State on a visit years ago. thanks for sharing.

  4. Bonnie

    Beautiful photo!

  5. luise h.

    That is a stunning photo.I can almost feel the sunshine in that meadow.

  6. wendy

    I love blue! (Assuming the color here is an accurate reproduction) How different a spin I would put on the phrase, ‘I feel blue’!

  7. Eric La Fountaine

    Colours are rarely precisely true after being rendered by a camera and a computer, but the flower does appear lavender on my screen (more toward the petal tips and bluer toward the base, but generally a lavender purple.)The flower in the original photo link appears lavender as well. Makes me wonder if I need the colour calibrated on my computer. What really struck me about this photo is the light. The flower is so beautifully lit and the underside so distinct in its shade.

  8. Jonathan

    For whatever reason I too have found that my camera consistently misrepresents all floral blues. I am sure there’s a documented reason

  9. Connie

    I would love to grow this- notice the very dark stems. And I believe the colors- pa;e purple to blue- are true. Eric is right- look at the perfectly clear detail on the inner surface of the petals, with the purple iridescence, and the perfect detail on the pure blue undersides. And then, Beranekp has given us a tone poem about the environment in which this plant grows. Great photo.

  10. Irma in Sweden

    In Sweden this is called the Meadow Bell or even Hay Bell. Due to the changing habits for pasturekeeping and meadows the flowers are either crowded out or not allowed to go to seed as was the practice in the years gone by

  11. Gabrielle

    A fantastic photo, I would love to see this little plant in it’s meadow habitat. The insightful commentary re photography is very helpful too. I care for a public garden which I have been documenting through digital photography for the past four years. BPotD is an invaluable resource to me for information, for beauty, for inspiration! THANK YOU everyone.

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