Nettle-leaved Bellflower - Campanula trachelium


Medium to tall hairy plant to 1 metre tall, sometimes more. Stems erect, branched or unbranched, bristly, sharply angled, usually reddish. Leaves rough, paler beneath, long pointed, irregularly toothed, the upper leaves unstalked. Flowers violet blue or pale blue, 30 to 50 mm long, ascending to horizontal bells borne in leafy racemes.

Identification difficulty

Woodland margins, hedgerows and scrub.

When to see it

July to September.

Life History


UK Status

Scattered throughout most of Britain as far north as Perth.

VC55 Status

Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 5 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map