This rare, low-growing rock plant from Turkey with large, beautifully-shaped white flowers in midsummer, is an an amazing alpine plant that grows in narrow vertical rock crevices in Turkey. It forms small tufts of grey, toothed leaves and bears disproportionately-large, open-faced, creamy-white bells that pop open from huge ribbed pink buds. This fabulous species is not too difficult to grow if provided with sharp drainage and winter cover, or is grown in an alpine house as a show plant. Jim and Jenny Archibald collected many campanula species, and it was they who introduced the famous white bellflower Campanula troegerae, from the area close to the river Choruh near Yusufeli. And it was they who were probably the first collectors offering seed of Campanula choruhensis, which was initially listed as C. troegerae, as C. choruhensis was as yet unknown to science! Very few seeds.
Seeds can be sown at any time but are best sown in winter or early spring to benefit from a cold spell in the wet compost to break their dormancy. We advise covering seeds very thinly with sand or fine grit to about the depth of the seed size. If the seeds do not come up within 6 to 12 weeks the damp seed tray can be given cold treatment in a fridge for about four weeks. They may still take very many months to appear, so please never discard the pot or tray.
Common name:Campanula troegerae