With its compact heads of violet, bell shaped flowers atop stiff upright stems clustered bellflower is a very striking if short grassland perennial.
A very ornamental plant, flowers from June to October.
Best sown in the autumn, or surface sow spring in a cold frame. The seed usually germinates in 2 - 4 weeks at 18°c. Very easy. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a cold frame for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Prefers a moist but well-drained rich sandy loam and a neutral or alkaline soil in sun or partial shade. Succeeds in any well-drained soil in sun or partial shade.
A very vigorous species and can be invasive, spreading by means of its creeping rootstock, when well suited to its site. The plants are self-fertile.
Leaves - raw or cooked. A mild flavour with a pleasant sweetness, it can be used as a major ingredient in salads.
Flowers - raw. Beautiful to look at, they have a pleasant sweetness and make a very attractive decoration to a salad.