I saw this wildflower for the first time more than 30 years ago. It was growing in a ditch beside the road in the county where I live. I thought it was beautiful and made it my mission to find out more about it and to collect some of its seeds when the time was right, and I did both. Native to Eastern North America, this blue/lavender bellflower is an annual or biennial, depending on what time of year you sow the seeds, but even if it's an annual, it surely self-seeds well enough to be seen year after year. I like a flower that has a mind of its own. Somewhat of a contradiction in terms, this "bellflower" is the only Campanula I know that is not bell or cup-shaped. It's flat! As you can tell, though, its flatness has not hindered its beauty one iota. Campanula americana starts off with a very pretty rosette of leaves, and from there, stalks appear adorned with these lovely flowers in late summer. It grows from 3-5 feet tall in partial shade and in places where you might expect partial shade: in the woods, alongside the woods, in ditches, in shady meadows, and along streams. This is a flower that is not seen in nursery catalogs, and I'm happy to offer it to you. Zones 3-8. Hummingbirds like it, too.
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