Ontario Weeds: Creeping bellflower
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- Other Names
- General Description
- Stems and Roots
- Flowers and Fruit
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Name: Creeping bellflower, Campanula
Other Names: Campanule fausse raiponce, Bellflower, Rover bellflower, campanule raiponce
Family: Harebell or Bellflower Family (Campanulacae)
General Description: Perennial, reproducing by seed and by the extremely persistent, widely spreading, fleshy, whitish underground rhizomes and thickened storage tubers. Non-flowering plants are distinguished by their many heart-shaped, irregularly toothed leaves arising from at or below the ground surface, the whitish, fleshy, underground rhizomes and tubers; flowering plants have characteristic bell-shaped blue flowers with a 5-pointed rim, and their seedpods develop between corolla and main stem.
Creeping bell flower. A. Stemless plant with cluster of radical leaves from upturned rhizome.
B. Basal leaves and short leafy stem from horizontal rhizome.
C. Top of flowering stem.
Stems & Roots: Stems, when present,
erect, up to 1 m (40 in.) high, smooth or finely hairy, usually
without branches; leaves mostly arising singly or in clusters directly
from rhizomes below the ground surface, these long-stalked and called
"radical" leaves (root leaves); the blades round to nearly
heart-shaped at the base, ovate, pointed towards the tip, irregularly
toothed, usually finely hairy; leaves on developing stems alternate
(1 per node), similar to radical leaves but stalks progressively
shorter and blades smaller, less heart-shaped and more regularly
toothed; uppermost leaves narrow and stalkless.
Flowers & Fruit: Flowers in elongating racemes at the ends of the stems, blue, bell-shaped, 2 - 3 cm (4/5 - 1¼ in.) across, ending in 5 uniform points; flower stalks frequently curved and giving the whole inflorescence an attractive 1-sided appearance; seedpods formed below the calyx and corolla, somewhat spherical containing many very fine seeds. Flowers from June until autumn.
Habitat: Creeping bellflower occurs throughout Ontario in lawns, gardens, fence lines, roadsides, waste places and occasionally in cultivated fields. It is sometimes planted in ornamental gardens but spreads into adjacent areas by underground rhizomes as well as by seed and is a very persistent weed.
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