Information on Nettle-leaved Bellflower

Common Name: Nettle-leaved Bellflower
Scientific Name: Campanula trachelium
Irish Name: Scornlus
Family Group: Campanulaceae
Distribution: View Map (Courtesy of the BSBI)
Flowering Period


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Nettle-leaved Bellflower is not easily confused with other wild plants on this web site.


This is a beautiful wildflower which is rarely found away from the valleys of the rivers Nore and Barrow. In July and August it bears tall, leafy spikes of blue-violet, bell-shaped flowers (3-4 cm long). Each ‘bell’ has five pointed lobes and is backed by a calyx which has five erect, narrow, pointed teeth. The plant, which can reach 100 cm high, has a 4-angled stem and is hairy and stiff. The leaves are rough and toothed, the heart-shaped lower leaves being stalked and the oval while the nettle-like stem leaves are short-stalked. They are rich green above but a paler shade of green below. This is a perennial and a native species which belongs to the Campanulaceae family. 

I first recorded this lovely plant in New Ross, County Wexford when Paul Green, BSBI Vice-County Recorder for Waterford and Wexford, showed it to me.

If you are satisfied you have correctly identified this plant, please submit your sighting to the National Biodiversity Data Centre

Bellflower, Nettle-leaved
Bellflower, Nettle-leaved

Nettle-leaved Bellflower was protected under the 1987 Flora Protection Order and falls into the ‘Endangered’ category.