The Q&A Archives: Identify A Plant

Question: I have a plant that was here when I bought my house. I moved it last fall because it never did anything. It is about 20" tall with the same spread. It bloomed this month. It has purple, trumpet like flowers on stalks about 10" above the plant. The leaves are an olive green and about an inch in diameter. I have looked through several books but have not been able to identify it. I will be grateful for your help.

Answer: I'm guessing Campanula (which might be too obvious) or Adenophora confusa, also called 'Lady Bells'. If the flowers are in clusters, it might be Mertensia virginica (Virginia Bluebells). If none of these are right, there's a book entitled "Taylor's Guide to Perennials", ISBN# 0-395-40448-7, which might be of help to you. The book divides perennials into flower color as well as bloom time. It's loaded with pictures and plant descriptions and may feature the plant in question. Good luck in your search!

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