Canterbury Bells -not found only in Canterbury-Campanulas

Campanulas are commonly known as Harebells in England, Bluebells in Scotland, and Canterbury Bells in specific areas in England.

History: Campanula is a Latin word that means “Little Bell” derived from their bell-shaped flowers.

The species Campanula Rapuculus , commonly known  as Rampion Bellflower, or Rampion, has it’s “roots in Fairy tales”. The Brothers Grimm’s tale Rapunzel took its name from this flower- Campanula Rapuculus.

Campanulas vary in size, shape, and plant form but are usually available in various shades of blue, lavender, white and pink.  Many of the species are grown in gardens for their elegant flowers. The stems are 10- 16 cm in a compact clump and have abundant upward- facing bell-like flowers.


  • Lower storage temperatures are recommended as flowers continued to open even during cold storage.
  • The stems take up much water and as such perform best with no foam in the vase.
  • Buds continue to open after harvest.

Design :

  • the shorter campanulas stem work well in a low hand-tied bouquet in a cube or orb vase
  • the brilliant blue blossoms add a touch of Victorian charm in a bridal bouquet, as”something blue.”

This evening when you are reading Rapunzel a Brother Grimm’s tale, look for the beautiful small Canterbury bells, you may hear the chiming and a voice in the background whispering

” Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your golden hair”

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