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Campanula thyrsoides (yellow bellflower)

Yellow bellflower is unusual amongst the campanulas in having yellow flowers, and is considered rare in many alpine countries.
Flowers of yellow bellflower

Close up of Campanula thyrsoides

Species information

Scientific name: 

Campanula thyrsoides L.

Common name: 

yellow bellflower

Conservation status: 

Considered to be rare in many countries, but can be abundant in the local areas where it does occur, and hence is not considered to be endangered on a global basis.


Dry alpine meadows and grassy slopes, with a moderate disturbance regime; usually on limestone.

Key Uses: 


Known hazards: 

None known.


Genus: Campanula

About this species

There are over 300 species of Campanula (bellflower), most of which have purple to blue, or sometimes white or pink, flowers. Campanula thyrsoides is hence unusual in having yellow flowers. Although traditionally considered a biennial (flowering and dying after two years), it usually flowers after eight years in the wild, and grows even older at higher altitudes. C. thyrsoides was described by the Swedish botanist and ‘father of modern taxonomy’ Carl Linnaeus in his pivotal publication Species Plantarum, in 1753.


Campanula macrorhiza var. thyrsoides


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