|American Bellflower, in bloom from |
late June through August
Over a year ago I posted some information on the American Bellflower, Campanulastrum americanum. This plant, or it's progeny anyway (it's a biennial) have been growing in my yard since 2008. It spends its first year as a rather innocuous rosette of leaves, but in its second year it shoots up to form a flower stalk between 2 and 6 feet in height, depending on location. This spring I had an over abundance of second year plants within about 5 feet of the 2009 plants that I let go to seed. This spread is consistent with the smooth round seed just falling to the ground from the tall flower stalks. Not wanting to throw any of these seedlings out, I redistributed them to a variety of areas in my yard that are normally difficult for growing flowering plants.
|A spontaneous composition on |
the edge of the driveway with
Spiarea latifolia, the blue
|The Campanulstrum growing in |
dry shade under a Crabapplealong a foundation.
|Along the North side, here the Hostas |
hide the legginess of the Bellflower
|Growing in rocky soil from under the |
deck - plants forming a screen.
|The meadowsweet is preferred by the bumblebees|