Canary Island Bellflower
Related to the Campanulas however rare in cultivation, Canarina canariensis is a scrambling or climbing plant that grows from a tuber.
Given something to climb on to can reach 2 – 3 metres in height and is grown for the large orange bell shaped flowers that appear in early spring.
The flowers attract insects and nectar seeking birds tot he garden and the fruits that follow the flowers are an orange colour with red markings especially around the lip of the flower.
How to Grow Canarina canariensis
The Canary Island Bellflower is best grown in a sheltered sunny position in a humus rich well drained soil. It will need protection fo frosts and it is fast growing.
This is a plant that grows in forested areas, so protection from very hot sun in summer will prevent the tubers form drying out.
The tubers do need protection from frosts and freezes.
Mulch around the plant to maintain a cool moist rootrun.
Canarina canariensis Propagation
Grow from seed planted around 3 mm deep and kept in a warm position. Keep the growing medium moist and provide good light to improve germination rates.
Propagation is also possible and easier by division of the tubers when dormant.