Adenophora Lillifolia

Adenophora Lilifolia Ladybell

  • Common Name: Ladybells, Grannybells

  • Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial

  • Height: 18-30”

  • Spread: 12”

  • Sun/Shade Requirements: Full sun to Part shade

  • Water Requirements: Water weekly, will require additional water in dry periods.

  • Soil Requirements: Average to rich, moist but well drained. Prefers a slightly alkaline soil, but will do fine in neutral to slightly acid.

  • Growth Habit: Elegant upright form

  • Bloom Time: Late summer to fall

  • Bloom Color: Blue, drooping bell shaped in branched clusters

  • Bloom Form: Bell shaped

  • Foliage: Light green lance shaped leaves with hairy dark green stems

  • Fragrance: Fragrant blooms

  • Pest and Disease Resistance:

  • Fertilize: Top dress with compost or apply water soluble fertilizer in spring.

  • Maintenance: Easy to care for, deadhead to prevent self seeding

  • Other: Long living

  • Hardiness: Zones 3-9


This perennial spreads prolifically by seed as well as with aggressive runners.  Large groupings can be quite striking with delicate purple-blue nodding bells born atop light green foliage, blooming from late summer to autumn.  Ladybell’s supporting stems are tall and strong.

This very adaptable perennial tolerates a wide variety of soil and light exposure. Well drained soil is a must, but moist rich soil is preferred.  Adnophora will do very well in warm southern climates as an alternative to its’ relative, Campanula.   Deadhead to produce additional blooming.  Deadheading will also prevent reseeding and a barrier will minimize runner spread.  Growing in a container is ideal to keep from taking over the garden.  Deep roots make division or transplanting difficult.

Adnorphora is a long living perennial.