Growing Adenophora confusa (Ladybells)

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. Ladybells is a lovely plant whose 3' tall stems bear rows of large, purplish blue flowers in summer. Plants can be somewhat slow to establish and resent being disturbed after they are established due to their deep roots. Plants spread by seed, so deadhead to prevent unwanted seedlings, which are easily dug up in spring if you find an abundance.

    Light: Grow in full sun or part shade.
      Watering: Tolerates various soil conditions. Prefers moist, but well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter, such as compost.
        Fertilizer, Soil & pH: It is not necessary to fertilize Ladybells.
          Pests/Diseases: Adenophora has relatively few problems with either pests or diseases. Deer resistant.

          Calendar of Care

          Early Spring: After the plants in your garden have emerged, weed around them and apply a light 1-2” layer of compost.

          Late Spring: Once the ground warms, a light 2-3” layer of mulch will help conserve moisture in the soil and insulate roots. After flowering, deadhead to encourage reblooming and to prevent unwanted seedlings.

          Summer: Be sure plants are getting enough water. If weather conditions are dry, monitor the soil for moisture and, if necessary, get out the hose or watering can. Keep in mind that plants in their first season need roughly 1” of water per week. Weed to remove unwanted plants that can crowd or take nutrients away from your plants.

          Fall & End-of-Season Care: Plants can be cut back to the basal foliage once they finish blooming.