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sassafrass
Jul 11, 2011 7:45 PM CST
this little guy showed up next to some peonies. I have no clue what it is???Thumb of 2011-07-12/sassafrass/6dfe8f
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threegardeners
Jul 11, 2011 7:50 PM CST
It's an old, old type of bell flower...can't remember offhand exactly which one. I find it beautiful but Mom finds it invasive and tries to eradicate it :(

Lemme go look see if I can find which one...there it is...Campanula latifolia..
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Jul 11, 2011 8:00 PM CST

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I was also thinking bellflower. I love the color and delicate blooms!
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sassafrass
Jul 11, 2011 8:03 PM CST
It is a pretty thing & little
thank you very much!!
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threegardeners
Jul 11, 2011 8:04 PM CST
Big Grin me too!

I had to actually declare a piece of my gardens off limits to Mom and DH...so I could have a few of those bell flowers and my milk weeds and oregano.

ps. Peach-leaved bell flower is extremely well behaved...I have them all over!
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sassafrass
Jul 11, 2011 8:08 PM CST
well I have no intention of pulling this one, just wanted to know for sure it wasnt going to try and take over...lol (yeah with one little stem) Rolling my eyes. I hope it produces some seeds. Big Grin

thanks again for your quick response I tip my hat to you.
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gemini_sage
Jul 12, 2011 4:29 AM CST
Looks like it may be Campanula rapunculoides, the creeping bellflower. Or possibly Adenophora Liliifolia, lady bells- I have trouble telling those 2 apart.'

http://www.google.com/search?q=creeping+bellflower&ie=utf-8&...

http://www.google.com/search?q=adenophora&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&...

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sassafrass
Jul 12, 2011 9:01 AM CST
Thanks Neil,

It does resemble the second one alot... I guess there are a couple possibilities for it, which is fine.
I guess whatever transplanted that also transplanted what I thought was some sort of a milk weed or wacky dandelion. (that turned out to be Goats Beard I was told) Blinking

Thanks for all the responses! Thumbs up
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Samigal
Jul 13, 2011 12:02 PM CST
Some weeds are pretty, but all of mine are ugly.
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gemini_sage
Jul 13, 2011 12:23 PM CST
I know that Adenophora spreads really fast, but not sure about the Campanula. It's a lovely plant, if it turns out to be aggressive where it's planted, it may be well suited to a spot with poor soil or difficult conditions. That's how I like to use those pretty plants that can be thugs, in areas where other things don't grow well.
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dahlianut
Jul 14, 2011 1:41 AM CST
Ditto on Campanula rapunculoides (creeping bellflower). It's a INTENSIVELY invasive ornamental in my garden. I've been fighting it for years. It has false roots so when you pull it, it leaves tuberlike roots deeper which spread AND it also propagates from a thousand fine seeds. If you want to keep it in one spot Sass don't let it go to seed Thumbs down Here's a link about it http://www.invasiveplants.ab.ca/InvasiveOrnamentals.htm
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threegardeners
Jul 14, 2011 8:41 AM CST
You all are right!
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gemini_sage
Jul 14, 2011 6:09 PM CST
Those of you familiar with creeping bellflower, do you know if the foliage is coarse or smooth? I used to have Adenophora in the garden, and I recall that the leaves were coarse, and kinda felt like sandpaper. In looking at pics of both plants, I can't tell them apart. Wondering if the leaf texture is telling?
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ctcarol
Jul 14, 2011 9:36 PM CST
I think it will be hard to pin down the cultivar. " Vast and varied group (about 300 species) encompassing trailers, creeping or tufted miniatures, and erect kinds 1-6' or taller." Quoted from Sunset Western Garden Book.
I have C.isophylla (Italian bellflower) I think. It has slightly sandpapery leaves. It's a perennial thug in my zone, an indoor/outdoor plant in cold climates.
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sassafrass
Jul 14, 2011 10:08 PM CST
this one is only about a foot tall... Neal, I will go out tomorrow to feel the leaves. I do like it, & where its growing if it decides it wants to be a thug... I can handle that. lol
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CindiKS
Jul 18, 2011 6:39 PM CST
Sass, be careful what you wish for. Every one of the seeds will germinate, and they will get taller and spread beyond the area you have allotted for them. For one week, their blooms are lovely, then the rest of the year, that area will look weedy because nothing else will be left there.
They wilt in the heat but they won't die. They are definitely a plant for harsh climates like yours and mine, but newer cultivars will bloom longer and behave better. This is one of those plants that ends up on polls titled "what plant do you wish you had never planted?"
But, having said all that, i admit to growing snow on the mountain euphorbia and it's a pest to most people. Whistling
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LabourofLove
Aug 25, 2011 11:00 PM CST
It's best use is in a wild garden or along a roadside. In Northeastern Vermont it's local name is "hedge bluebells" because of it's ubiquity in old gardens and along roads.
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Samigal
Dec 16, 2011 2:39 PM CST
This was given to me last year and I finally got some orange flowers on it. The blooms are tiny and very dainty. Someone mentioned it grew by the beach.
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The roots are starting to show above the soil and don't know if I should repot it and cover up those white roots. Shrug!
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valleylynn
Dec 16, 2011 5:10 PM CST
Pegi, can you start a new thread with your photos, so it won't get lost?
It looks to be in the orchid family.
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plantladylin
Dec 16, 2011 8:15 PM CST
Pegi: Your lovely orchid looks like an Epidendrum, possibly Epidendrum radicans: http://cubits.org/orchids/db/dltest/view/16093/
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