Scientific Name:
Campanula rapunculoides L.
Vernacular Name(s):
Creeping bellflower; Creeping campanula

Hairy or hispid rhizomatous perennial, with erect stems to 1 m tall and creeping, slender rhizomes. Basal and lowermost cauline lvs with long slender petioles > lamina; lamina 6–10 × 3–6 cm, ovate, hairy, especially on veins below, crenate-serrate; base subcordate or cordate; apex short-acuminate or acute; most cauline lvs sessile or shortly petiolate, 5–15 × 0.7–5 cm, narrow-ovate or lanceolate; base cuneate to attenuate, otherwise similar to basal lvs. Lower bracts similar to upper cauline lvs; upper bracts linear to subulate, mostly > pedicels. Racemes long, terminal, puberulent; fls secund, ± nodding; pedicels c. 5 mm long, puberulent, becoming ± recurved by anthesis. Calyx teeth c. 7 mm long, narrowly oblong or lanceolate, hairy or glabrate, reflexed. Corolla 2–3 cm long, campanulate-funnelform, violet-blue or bluish mauve; lobes = or slightly < tube, not spreading widely or reflexing. Stigmas 3–(4). Capsule 3-celled, 6–9 mm long, obovoid, dehiscing by basal slits.

[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]


Flowering: Sep.–Feb.