1. The Botanical Magazine
  2. The Botanical Magazine, Volume III

Campanula Speculum

Venus's Looking-Glass
Class and Order
Pentandria Monogynia
Generic Character
Corolla campanulata, fundo clauso valvis staminiferis. Stigma trifidum. Capsula infera, poris lateralibus dehiscens.
Specific Character and Synonyms
CAMPANULA Speculum caule ramosissimo, diffuso; foliis oblongis subcrenatis, floribus solitariis, capsulis prismaticis. Linn. Syst. Vegetab. p. 209
ONOBRYCHIS arvensis f. Campanula arvensis erecta. Bauh. Pin. 215.

Grows wild among the corn in the South of Europe, is an annual, and, like the Sweet Alyssum, generally cultivated in our gardens, and most deservedly so indeed, for when a large assemblage of its blossoms are expanded by the rays of the sun, their brilliancy is such as almost to dazzle the eyes of the beholder.

Those annuals which bear our winter's frosts without injury, are advantageously sown in the autumn; for by that means they flower more early, and their seeds ripen with more certainty; the present plant is one of those: it usually sows itself, and is therefore raised without any trouble.

102Campanula Speculum
Campanula Speculum
Venus's Looking-Glass

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