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Campanula species

Campanula species

Common name dwarf blue bellflower
Family campanulaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z5-10)
Flowers blue
Size 12"
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil (not too dry)
From seed germinate at room temperature with exposure to light
detailed seed-starting info below

The seed arrived labeled Campanula collina, which is a small plant with blue flowers held above neat clumps of downy foliage. It wasn't too long after the seedlings went into the garden that the plants were conspicuously not matching this description. They were fast to grow, with larger leaves than those of small bellflowers - and they proceeded to run by roots. Knowing the evils of invasive campanulas in the garden, I set two of these into their own pots in the garden to see what they would do (and eliminated the rest of them). Sure enough, the spotted white flowers didn't match the description either. This looks something like C. takesimana or C. punctata to me. Not unpretty, but perhaps not worth risking invasion. I haven't quite made up my mind yet...

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '05 trade. Baggy 70F with light (60%G, 10-16d)

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