campanula cenisia   


We found Campanula cenisia on the stony climb up to Wildgarst at about 2800 m.  It was growing in crevices in rocky slabs of sandstone among Androsace helvetica and Saxifraga exarata.  It forms low growing mats consistent with the climate at high elevation.  The leaves are small and rounded and the flowers are a slate blue and quite open compared to most Campanulas.


Campanula cenisia grows on acidic rocks between 2000 and 3200 m. Although it is widespread in the European Alps it is not that common and it is a delight to come across on a steep rocky climb.