Wahlenbergia capillaris

Tufted Bluebell

Tufted or open erect perennial herb with thickened taproot, branching from base. Plants often die back in dry seasons and reshoot in winter.

Additional information

  • SynonymWahlenbergia communis (resurrection of older name)
  • FamilyCampanulaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size15-50 cm x 15 cm
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesBasal leaves hairy, lance-shaped, broader towards tip, 4-50 mm x 0.5-6 mm, becoming narrow. Margins entire or with few small teeth, flat or wavy.
  • Flower colourBlue
  • Flowering timeOctober to March
  • FlowersSingle narrowly bell-shaped flowers to 12 mm wide on branching stalks. Petals are edible.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNectar for butterflies
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist well drained soils in heathy woodland. Full sun to full shade.
  • Garden useAn attractive herb especially mass planted or planted in drifts. Plant in large container with other herbs or under a small shrub, in cottage gardens and rockeries.
  • Commercially availableIndigenous nursery
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites.
  • Aboriginal Use Food - flowers
Photographer/s: 1 Marilyn Bull ©; 2 Ken Harris ©; 3 James Booth, NatureShare ©; 4 Russell Best, NatureShare ©

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