Friday, October 17, 2014

Marsh Bellflower

Marsh Bellflower
Campanula aparinoides
This plant may be more common than you think. The plant grows in marshy areas and is smaller than the surrounding vegetation. It is weak stemmed, laying on and mixed in with the other plants. The flowers are small and delicate, whitish with a blue tinge. They are pretty up close, but do not stand out.

I did learn a new word while studying about this plant; Calciphile, as in "This plant is usually a calciphile". More studying reveals that this plant prefers lime-rich soils, which are fairly common in my neck of the woods.

The stems are weak and the plant tends to lay on the surrounding vegetation
The flowers are white with a tinge of blue

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