The plant produced a rosette of leaves last year, vanished during the
winter, and reappeared with a 3-4 foot stem this year. It gets some
sun around mid-day but is otherwise shaded by mature deciduous trees.
I have no idea whether it is a wildflower or an escaped garden
I suspect it might be a Campanula or something similar, but I can't
find anything that matches exactly.
It looks like campanula rampunculoides to me too. If that is the case,
ERADICATE ERADICATE ERADICATE!
Its nickname is "cancer of the garden", because it spreads from the tiniest
fragment of root when you attempt to pull it up. The main root is a long
white root, something like a small parsnip - but it will send out long
exploratory fibrous roots in any direction to shoot up another stalk.
Thanks for the information. Most of the photos I found of C.
rapunculoides showed leaves with much smaller "teeth" than our plant.
Is that a variable trait? If it is C. rapunculoides, I'll certainly
try to eradicate it. I wouldn't want it to choke out the Tipularia
discolor and Stylophorum diphyllum
I just looked at some more pics of Campanula rapunculoides. They all
show a plant with flowers widely spaced on a long terminal
inflorescence. My plant has flowers in clusters at the leaf axils
along the length of the stem.
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