Campanula glomerata `Caroline' AGM
This is a new variety of the commonly named Clustered Bellflower or Dane’s Blood, has been awarded an AGM and is the county flower of Rutland. It is a spreading perennial, 10 to 50 cm high, which likes fertile, well-drained soil in sun or part shade. Once planted it can take a year to fill out and flower well and, best of all, is rabbit resistant. The name comes from the Latin word campanula or little bell and certainly the flowers start out looking like little bells. As they mature they split open to attract pollinators. Glomerata means ‘closely gathered’ in Latin but the addition of the name Caroline remains a mystery.
Cultivation: cut back dead flowers to encourage a second flush in late summer, divide in either spring or autumn or take basal cuttings in the spring.