Plant ID forum: Waiting for a bloom for several years meanwhile forgot what this is!

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Name: Leslieray Hurlburt
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HamiltonSquare
Oct 13, 2016 6:55 PM CST
I tip my hat to you. Thumb of 2016-10-14/HamiltonSquare/0a84b0

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Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
Oct 13, 2016 10:13 PM CST

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I keep coming back to this because it looks familiar but so far I can't come up with anything in my memory banks. Rolling my eyes.
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bonitin
Oct 14, 2016 12:40 AM CST
Maybe Campanula persicifolia?
http://www.luontoportti.com/su...
I took a photo of mine that bloomed poorly this year, but made baby rozettes..
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
Oct 14, 2016 12:55 AM CST

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Ha, I did think campanula too but didn't get a chance to explore further so didn't post it.
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Calif_Sue
Oct 14, 2016 12:59 AM CST

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Annie's Annuals has it listed in case you got it there. I do believe I tried it once too and never got blooms, her site describes a long bloom season. Shrug!
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HamiltonSquare
Nov 4, 2016 10:32 PM CST
The rosettes are big. Like 8 inches across.
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jsf67
Jan 26, 2017 1:51 PM CST
I don't know what other than campanula has leaves that look like that. But if it is campanula then why didn't it bloom? None of my campanula ever reached a rosette as large and vigorous looking as that. But many of them shot up stalks with flowers. So I have two possible theories (but neither based on anything solid):

1) The stalk that would have flowers has leaves different enough from those in the rosette that it looks like a different plant. So when that stalk shot up in your campanula, you thought it was a weed (rather than part of the same plant) and pulled it.

2) In other forums, people have told me this plant does not need a real winter. But maybe they are wrong. The stalk that blooms, shoots up in the spring. Maybe the variety you have can't detect spring without a cold enough winter.
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Name: Cindy
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Jan 26, 2017 2:27 PM CST
First guess is Campanula of some sort. Too much nitrogen fertilizer? Not enough sun?
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jsf67
Jan 26, 2017 4:21 PM CST
If it is anything like the Campanula persicifolia I have, "not enough sun" for flowering is near impossible and solidly contradicted by the photo. All the "volunteer" ones I had, started underneath thick cover of other weeds, in most cases even above those taller weeds was dense shade. So those campanula rosettes developed hidden and with near zero sunlight, but still managed throw stalks with flowers above the other weeds.
In one of two places I transplanted them into the open and then regularly watered, they did clearly better than where they volunteered. But in places where I just pulled the covering weeds and left campanula in place, they promptly died. So in my experience, full sun is something they tolerate if they are watered very regularly. But without such help, my campanula don't tolerate full sun, and do tolerate full shade.

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