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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 alliarifoliahttp://theseedsite.co.uk/profile104.html

     

    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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campanula_alliariifolia

     

    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.

    Fred

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