Adenophora confusa
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Adenophora confusa

Adenophora confusa

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Common Name: Ladybells
Hardiness Zone: 3-7S/8W Exposure: Sun to Part Shade
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Blooms In: Jul-Aug
Mature Height: 30-36" Spacing: 18-24"
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Deer Resistance: Yes
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We must admit to a fondness for blue flowers. Adenophora confusa, or Ladybells, satisfies this craving with spectacular 3’ tall stems packed with nodding, purplish blue blossoms from summer into fall. It’s an easy keeper in full sun or partial shade and evenly moist but well-drained soil. (While more drought-tolerant than other species in the genus, it struggles in the arid heat of the desert Southwest.) Ladybells is happy to spread by runners and seed, if given the space.

For information on the growing and care of Adenophora, click Growing Guide.




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Average Customer Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars (4 Reviews) Write a Review

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Great for Chicago Clay soil

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.

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I wait every year for these to bloom. They are stunning! I love these very blue, large bell shaped flowers--they also have begun to spread all over my garden. Wonderful!

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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.

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Very pretty but.....

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.

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Latin Name Pronunciation: ad-en-off'or-uh 

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.