Bellflower with pale blue flowers and narrow pointed leaves
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Interesting MJB that you suggest it could be Spreading Bellflower but the narrow leaves and bushy nature led me to Rampion. Spreading Bellflower added in the same batch has very delicate stalks and is much shorter, with very little foliage. More views please!
inflorescence narrowly pyramidal; basal leaves abruptly narrowed to a distinct petiole ... C. rapunculus
inflorescence widely spreading; basal leaves gradually narrowed to indistinct petiole ... C. patula
rapunculus to 80cm; patula to 60 cm
The plant shown is how high (40cm)?
Very interesting comments which are turning my ob's into a bellflower soup! Pity I didn't know about iSpot when I started 3 or 4 years ago!
My posting of Giant Bellflower seems to be accepted as being Rampion Bellflower which I need to edit accordingly.
My posting of Spreading Bellflower seems to be agreed, however this was a very low growing plant (not much taller than the meadow grass) with wide spreading petals with very little foliage and very very fine stems,growing individually.
This post that I thought was Rampion Bellflower was totally different from 249998 growing in a group, maybe even one plant but with much more foliage, probably as you say about 40cms but can't be sure - Do you think it is the same as 249998?
Look forward to your comments
information in photographs. Also, by the time you know which characters you would need it is often too late. Digging up plants and pressing them is more likely to enable their correct identification. However, it is likely to be illegal in many cases. So it often seems to be a case of guessing what something might be and trying to get better images next time (at least for me).
The bellflowers do not seem very easy; once you cross the Channel there are species 144 in Europe (only 17 in Britain) and in Austria 28.
C. persicifolia, C. rapunculus and C. patula seem rather similar. C. persicifolia has the stigmas more than half as long as the styles, which does not seem the case in the three observations in question.
I suppose http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/249996 and http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/249998 are either C.patula or C. rapunculus but we do not see the tap-root (as not dug up) nor the basal leaves (at least I cant see them).
I agree - almost impossible so have decided to leave them as they are named and people can follow the thread and add to them if possible. Thanks for your help but now you have given me the same problem by downloading your own!!
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