Is anyone growing Campanula Sarastro?

aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. CanadaJune 17, 2010

One of these just happened to fall into my cart yesterday, I fell in love with the rich purply blue flowers and since I'm a pushover for most Campanulas this one came home with me.

When I looked at the tag most of the info had faded. Sun or shade? Spreader or well behaved? Any info you can give me would be most helpful, don't want to plant it and then have to move it.


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I have Sarastro, but I'm not in love. It's planted in a mostly-sun part of my garden, and it's well-behaved. But after the bloom fades I'm completely unimpressed with the foliage. For me, it looks awfully ratty when not in bloom... I've been thinking about shovel-pruning it.

But I totally agree with you about the flowers. It's in bloom right now, and that deep purple just zings. It's really eye-catching.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2010 at 2:11PM
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In my part of the world, most campanulas will die if you look at them wrong. I purchased this one on the recommendation of PDN as a heat-tolerant campanula. For a first year, I was impressed by its production of dark bluish-purple flowers. I have this in a part sun situation and it's my understanding that this is a slowly spreading campanula, rather than a rampant spreader. BTW, I am also trialing C. 'Summertime Blues', which is similar in habit, but a lighter color of blue.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2010 at 2:58PM
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coolplantsguy(z6 Ontario)

Yep, it's knocking the socks off at the end of the bed that runs along my driveway. Full sun basically.

'Summertime Blues' is struggling for me. It seemed to barely survive the winter, although last summer was rather impressive.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2010 at 3:33PM
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sharoncl(z5 WI)

I love Sarastro! I think it can take full sun or part shade. I've got mine in a spot where it gets mostly morning sun until around 1 or so. I'd say it's a slow spreader, especially compared to some of the other campanulas, but it's gotten a lot larger than I expected it to.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2010 at 4:05PM
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Does no one else have the issue I do with the foliage? Now I'm wondering if maybe my Sarastro is unhappy with its site...

    Bookmark   June 17, 2010 at 5:05PM
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I really like mine. It is in part sun, and it gets a bit floppy when it blooms, but it has a pine tree that grew over the top of it so that might explain the flopping. The purple is a lovely color. I just wish the blooms lasted longer. I don't know what the foliage looks like when it isn't blooming as it kind of disappears into the tree. I should probably move it to a better spot but I don't think anything else would be happy there so I've left it. I've had it there for a couple of years and it hasn't spread at all.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2010 at 10:33AM
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gottagarden(z5 western NY)

Mine is great and I just love the colors. I have it planted in a mixed bed, and when its done and cut back it just fades into the background. Be sure to cut back hard.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2010 at 5:24PM
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aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada

Thanks for all the feedback, I think I've found the perfect spot for mine, will plant it tomorrow.


    Bookmark   June 18, 2010 at 7:47PM
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Campanula Sarastro was advertised as clumpforming, but it actually sends runners after a while. Out it went and was replaced by Purple sensation, which stays put(at least after the first two years)

    Bookmark   August 3, 2011 at 3:44PM
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