Adenophora liliifolia (Lily-Leaved Ladybells)
The name of this Adenophora I know because the seeds were purchased from Germany. I wanted to grow this one to find out if it was the same as the one I have always had in my own garden (below). It is not. This Ladybells is native to the moist meadows and woodland edges of Central and Eastern Europe to Siberia. Unlike the one pictured below, these bells are smaller, light blue, and fragrant. These bells appear to be more singular, dangly, like the bells of Campanula rotundifolia. Is clear with all that they are one big happy part of the regal Campanula family. The foliage fooled me in the beginning: it is the basal leaves that are rounded (the ones seen early on), but as the plant produces stems, the leaves take a turn and become lanceolate. The plant is erect, clumping, growing to three feet in sun/part shade and blooming July - August in moist, but well-drained, humus rich soil. Note: This Ladybells spreads slowly by runners and is said movement and/or division are difficult, so when you plant it, get it right the first time. Zones 3-7. (Illustration: Adenophora liliifolia [as Campanula verbenaefolia]- Annales de flore et de pomone- ou journal des jardins et des champs, vol. 6 (1837-1838) and in the public domain).