Creeping Bellflower: Pretty Purple Weed When I first saw bellflowers along the path beside Regina's Wascana Creek, I thought these purple flowers must have escaped from gardens. Northcentral Montana MSU Extension Thursday, June 18, 2020. Leaves near the base of the plant are … Creeping bellflower can be an aggressive invader in natural plant communities. US Wildflower's Database of Wildflowers for Montana Click on thumbnail for larger version of image, scientific name for detail page. Origin: Introduced from Eurasia Flowers: June-July These weeds are common in isolated areas of Flathead County, Montana. Campanula medium, Canterbury bells. Creeping bellflower has both a thick, fleshy root that’s an inch or even several inches deep in the soil, and it also has a lot of thread-like little roots that grow horizontally just below the soil. And perhaps they did, although that might have been a long time ago. Information and image below Creeping bellflower Campanula rapunculoides. It can survive droughts and survive in a wide range of light conditions. This confusion could be the reason so many here are expressing such a contrast in results. Campanula rapunculoides is an herbaceous perennial that is 1-3 in (cm) tall. This perennial has toothed leaves, almost heart-shaped at the base and narrower toward the top. Hello! Creeping Bellflower by Zeynel Cebeci; CC BY-SA 4.0 While some consider creeping bellflower to be a highly invasive “weed,” as it self-seeds most readily and even a tiny fragment of its root will spawn a new plant, others find that its pale lavender flowers adorning tall stems are a welcome edible ornamental plant. First flowers appearing in January/February. 93â 629, 88 Stat. Giant bellflower is most likely to be mixed up with the native species nettle-leaved bellflower (C. trachelium), although its stem is sharp-edged and rough-haired. I am currently battling an infestation of creeping bellflower. The bellflowers of Montana are all in the family Campanulaceae : Campanula glomerata, clustered bellflower. Upon seeing its spontaneous blooms in your perennial bed for the first time your reaction will probably be, “I didn’t plant that but it’s pretty enough to leave alone.” The roots are taproots – long and slim – and can extend quite deeply into the soil. Noxious weeds are considered too widespread to eradicate, but must be controlled wherever they appear. Non-native Wildflower Bloom Times. Habitat: Roadsides, fields, ditches, wastelots, and other disturbed, open areas. Spreading bellflower Campanula patula. *=Multiple images on detail page Search Our Database: Enter any portion of the Scientific, Common Name, or both. 11/19/2019 Herbs/Forbs: Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States Home | Native Range: Eurasia ( BAIL ); Appearance. Synonym (s): rampion bellflower, creeping bellflower, rapion bellflower, rover bellflower. (Answer) I believe you are referring to Campanula rapunculoides (creeping bellflower), which is an invasive perennial that grows in most soils, in sun or shade, doesn’t care if conditions are wet or dry, reseeds and spreads via root fragments and rhizomes. Jesse Fulbright, MSU Liberty County Extension When we moved into our home, our yard overwhelmed us. Factors such as temperature and precipitation play a large role in how a plant fares year after year. The creeping bellflower (Campanula rapunculoides) produces clear blue, trumpet shaped flowers along a tall, stately stem. This plant’s thick creeping roots can travel under fences, lawns, and concrete, making it very difficult to control. Campanula rapunculoides, creeping bellflower. Montana counties (partial list) (dog fennel) Artemisia absinthium (absinth wormwood) Azolla mexicana (mosquito fern) Butomus umbellatus (flowering rush) Campanula rapunculoides (creeping bellflower) Carum carvi (caraway) Centaurea X pratensis (Meadow knapweed) Cichorium intybus (chicory) Cytisus scoparius (Scotch broom) Dipsacus sylvestris (teasel) Didn't find what you were looking for on this site? This pretty flower has an evil twin named Campanula rapunculoides, Creeping Bellflower. Creeping Bellflower disposal . It is invasive and, pretty though the bells are, NOT a plant you want in your garden. Gorse Winter Heliotrope Winter Aconite Greater Periwinkle Lesser Periwinkle Snowdrop Coltsfoot Spurge Laurel Stinking Hellebore Green … In the lawn, it forms dense patches that spread by creeping underground rootstocks as well as seeds. In all ways they look exactly the same, but there are minute differences that take great care to isolate. 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