Flowers of Star-of-Bethlehem Plant - Campanulaceae Campanula Isophylla.

What You Need to Know About the Star-of-Bethlehem Plant – Campanulaceae Campanula Isophylla

A pretty, trailing form, also called star-of-Bethlehem, falling stars, or Italian bell-flower, this campanula from northern Italy looks good tumbling from a pot or a hanging basket. The star-shaped flowers are produced throughout summer and fall, and are usually violet-blue, although white (C. isophylla ‘Alba’) and variegated (C. ‘Balchiniana’) are also available.

There is also a double cultivar, ‘Flore Pleno.’ The stems and leaves are bright green and slightly brittle. If they are broken, they exude a distinctive smell and a milky white sap.

Size: Height to 1 ft. (30 cm).

Light: Indirect sunlight.

Temperature: Normal room or cooler; winter minimum 45°F (7°C).

Moisture: Keep thoroughly moist during spring and fall, slightly drier in winter.

Feeding: Give standard liquid fertilizer every two weeks during late spring and fall.

Propagation: Take tip cuttings, 2 in. (5 cm) long, in spring. Root them in potting soil or water.

Special needs: Remove flowers as they fade to prolong the flowering period. In fall, when flowering is over, cut stems back close to the base.