Zone 5 do you have any campanula rapunculoides?

lilsproutJuly 13, 2014

I saw these in my sister in laws garden and thought they were very pretty swaying in the breeze. I asked what they were but she did not know.

After researching and finding out what they are, they seem to be invasive in some areas.

My question you have them in zone 5, and is it invasive for you? I'd really like to plant these, but surely not if will be a headache (and backache) later on. I'd also like to warn her if so.


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They are horribly invasive in my zone 2; don't know whether it would be even more so in a warmer zone. You can never get rid of this plant, every little bit of root survives. I didn't even plant just showed up one day and I've been battling it for years.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 6:21PM
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Even in zone 6, I thought it was too invasive to keep, though not that hard to eradicate since I didn't let it spread but a year or two.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 6:24PM
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aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada

It was in the yard when we bought our house in 1965 and it's still here, if you leave even a smiggen of root it comes back with a vengeance. Good Luck getting rid of it.


    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 7:02PM
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Believe me, you DO NOT want to introduce this into your garden! It will find its way and sprout up among every plant and shrub you have. Each flower on the tall raceme is packed with seeds that scatter everywhere if you let them. Not to mention the underground root system which is nearly impossible to eradicate without constant digging.

I'm finally almost winning now after about ten years of constant vigilance.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 7:43PM
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Campanula UK Z8

I have it. Frankly, after battling with acres of brambles, nothing really bothers me much now....and if it really gets out of hand, I will drag my faithful knapsack sprayer out and shower liquid death down.

Of course, I have acreage......I would never plant this in my 36square metre garden.

There are better campanulas, lilsprout, which are every bit as gracile, electric and bloomy. You could do start with the ever so reliable (but equally seedy without the rhizome) campanula persicifolia, look at c.latiloba, c.Sarastro or Kent Belle, but the best, in my view, especially if you can get hold of the sterile double 'Bernice' is C.trachelium, aka bats in the belfry or nettle leaved bellflower.
Finally, C.rapunculus, aka rampion, is the most alike, without the root problem.....indeed, the roots are edible!.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 3:49AM
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northerner_on(Z5A ONCanada)

Lilsprout: You DO NOT want to have this in your garden. I have only recently identified it, and am battling with it. I did not plant it: it 'walked' from my neighbour behind me, all the way up the west side of our property, and is now making it's way across the front lawn toward the other side of the property. Just today I found some choking out a few Chelone that just would not thrive. For the past 3 years, I have been ripping the blooms out by the stem thinking that would destroy it, but now I realize that it has really taken hold. I will be digging the rest of the summer to remove as much as the root system as I can but it has even grown under my patio (about 30 feet) and is sending up shoots on the other side. A thug if there ever was one.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 5:31AM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Same here, I posted a thread not long ago, looking for help getting rid of it.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 6:08AM
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Thank you all. I'm sure glad I asked!

Will call my SIL today. Not sure how long she has had hers, she didn't seem to have too much....yet!

Camp, thanks for the suggestions. I really like c latiloba.

This post was edited by lilsprout on Mon, Jul 14, 14 at 6:59

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 6:36AM
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