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nanny
Mar 11, 2014 11:04 AM CST
I have a purple bell shaped perennial growing in my garden, and I have forgotten the name of it.
It is not a campanula. It grows like a weed and I have seen it growing between blacktop and a building. It grows on a stalk.


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daylilydreams
Mar 11, 2014 11:45 AM CST
Looks like Adenophora stricta to me. I call them Lady Bells and pull a lot of them out to keep the amounts down.
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SongofJoy
Mar 11, 2014 11:47 AM CST
I agree
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woofie
Mar 11, 2014 12:09 PM CST
And we don't have any pictures of that in our database. Hint, hint!
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growitall
Mar 11, 2014 8:14 PM CST
How do you know it's not a Campanula, and specifically, Campanula rapunculoides?

There is a way to tell Campanula from Adenophora, which involves an easy dissection of the flower base.
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SongofJoy
Mar 12, 2014 3:26 AM CST
It could be. You can let her know how to do that.
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plantladylin
Mar 12, 2014 7:25 AM CST
For comparison: Creeping Bellflower (Campanula rapunculoides)
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growitall
Mar 12, 2014 8:31 PM CST
If it is actually an Adenophora (yet to be confirmed), compare also to these entries:
Ladybells (Adenophora liliifolia)
Ladybells (Adenophora potaninii)

I've looked to try to find a key for Adenophora with no success. Edit: Oops, no, I have finally found one - http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=2&taxon_id=1...

So, what I'm trying to say is that the photo in question - a fuzzy one which shows only flowers - probably doesn't show enough distinguishing characteristics for any sort of a conclusive ID.
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