We must admit to a fondness for blue flowers. Adenophora is a genus in the Bellflower family, with about 40 species that are hard to tell from Campanulas unless you are a botanist. By far the best is our old friend, Adenophora confusa, or Ladybells, a lovely plant whose 36–40″ stems bear rows of large, purplish blue flowers in July and August. This is another excellent blue with no enemies on the color wheel, and it's an easy keeper in full sun or partial shade and evenly moist but well-drained soil. (It struggles in the arid heat of the desert Southwest.) Gardeners in the South may find that a little goes a long way. The excess can be spaded up in spring.
For information on the growing and care of Adenophora, click Growing Guide.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
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Dodie from Michigan
One day this plant came up in my garden and I did not know what it was. I left it to find out and now it grows everywhere. I find it too invasive even though it is very pretty. If you have an area that needs to be filled in, this plant would be great except for the fact when it is done flowering it does not look very good. I literally pull it out of the ground when done flowering. Gets mildew easily.
Elizabeth from Salt Lake City, UT
With the comparison to Campanula, I readily purchased a few of these and planted them in several part shade spots in the garden. These plants will take over everything surrounding them and they are near impossible to get rid of.
They pop up in planters and in areas of the garden far from the initial planting. The spread is so rampant I suspect this plant could end up on the planta non grata in susceptible states.
Scarlet Wildfire from Chicago, IL
Ladybells work great for my suburban chicago backyard. The heavy clay soil makes them struggle, so they have never spread, forming a lovely large clump in a shady area. They start growing in the spring and are as tall as my 4 foot chain link fence by June, covering it up with lovely purple flowers. I recommend them for heavy soil in part shade, where it gets mighty cold in the winter.
Adenophora is a member of the Campanula family, with about 40 species whose blue flowers are hard to tell from Campanulas unless you are a botanist. By far the best is our old friend, A. confusa, or Ladybells, a lovely plant whose 36–40in stems bear rows of large, purplish blue flowers in July and August. This is an excellent blue with no enemies on the color wheel. It’s an easy keeper in full sun or partial shade and evenly moist but well-drained soil. Hardy in zones 3-7s/3-10w. Potgrown.
CULTURE: Provide good garden soil in well-drained location with at least 4 hours of sun. Feed lightly in early spring and cut back to ground level after first heavy frost in the fall. Space plants 12-18" apart.
PROBLEMS: Adenophora has relatively few problems with either pests or diseases. Plants can be somewhat slow to establish, and resent being disturbed after they are established. Not recommended for desert Southwest. Plants spread by seed, so deadhead to prevent unwanted seedlings, which are easily dug up in spring if you find an abundance.