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1100 Views 4 Replies Last post: Jul 8, 2011 8:47 PM by Liz RSS
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Jul 1, 2011 9:14 PM

Identify please

This plant is about 60-90cms high, and the individual flowers are 3-4 cms long, very much like a bellflower. Found at the coastal end of Castle Eden Dene, Peterlee on 30th June. Have never seen it before.
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    Jul 2, 2011 9:49 AM (in response to Liz)
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    I Googled "Campanula" under images, and found Campanula alliarifolia


    The article says:


    "Campanula alliarifolia is unlike many other Bellflowers. It is a coarse, leafy, almost bushy, plant with rough stems and crinkled heart-shaped leaves on strong arching stems. Throughout the summer and into autumn, it bears clusters of elegant white tubular flowers about 3" long at every leaf-joint, the buds opening throughout the season rather than from bottom to top."


    Wikipedia gives some more information


    Is that the same as the plant you found?


    The Keble Martin flora says it's a garden escape, mostly found in Devon and Cornwall, but it could well have spread since then, as my edition is from 1978.

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    Jul 4, 2011 9:51 AM (in response to Liz)
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    Hi Liz,

    your plant is the Giant Bellflower Campanula latifolia which is a native to this country. It is absent from the south where it is replaced by the rather similar but smaller Nettle-leaved Bellflower C. trachelium. It often shows these rather pale coloured flowers.

    C. alliarifolia differs in its much more heart shaped foliage and is a shorter, less upright plant - its flowers are more bell shaped and smaller and an Ivory-white.


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