Campanula aparinoides
(Marsh Bellflower)

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Marsh Bellflower, Bedstraw Bellflower
    Synonyms: Campanula uliginosa
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 3 - 7
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: June - August
    Status: Native

Campanula aparinoides, or Marsh Bellflower, is native to most of the northerneastern half of the United States. It grows in moist, acidic areas, like ditches, lake and stream margins and in bogs and swamps. It blooms in early to later summer, with white, bell-shaped flowers that sometimes have a tinge of purple.

This is one of several Campanula species, but it is not hard to differentiate it - it has a white flower, which is an oddity among most in this group, which usually have blue or purple flowers, but its habit is also quite unique - it has very spindly, weak stems that are thin and cannot hold themselves up. They clamber up on whatever they can and grow on them, and they also have a stickiness to them, helping them to cling on to and climb up nearby plans and reach light. See photo below for a comparison of the two other eastern species that are within its range, Campanula divaricata and Campanula rotundifolia.

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