Campanula pentagonia L.


Family: Campanulaceae

Genus: Campanula

Description: 

From Bot. Reg. A hardy annual, but not common in our collections. It requires no other care, after being sown in the spring, than that of seeing that the plants are parted by sufficient distances by thinning them out, and that weeds are kept down.

History: 

Published in Sp. Pl. 1: 169 in 1753.

Basionym of Legousia pentagonia (L.) Thell.

Also published in Bot. Reg. 1: 56 in 1815.

From Bot. Reg. The Campanulas, with an elongated prismatic capsule, as in the present species, have been repeatedly marked out as the stock of a new genus. They were actually formed into one by L'Heritier, in his " Sertum anglicum," by the title of Primastocarpus, and its character developed with the sagacity and precision which belonged to that excellent botanist. But in every subsequent general system or catalogue of plants, we find that all the species which composed it, have returned within the pale of Campanula; where, indeed, they sometimes occupy a distinct place, to which their former generic character is prefixed as a sectional phrase...

Cultivated by Ray before 1686. Native of Turkey.

Other names listed in Bot. Reg.:

Prismatocarpus pentagonius (L.) L'Her. - synonym of Legousia pentagonia (L.) Thell.


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