I was going to start writing today about my recent trip to the Tallgrass Prairie, but I have to delay those posts for one more day to get on my peach crate about Creeping Bellflower (Campanula rapunculoides) and Clustered Bellflower (Campanula glomerata). Here goes….
As we drove Up North this weekend through the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest for a family gathering, and as we slowed to drive through all the small towns along the way, I noticed Creeping Bellflower in many of the gardens scattered here and there and EVERYWHERE. Then when we got to our destination, there in a hillside planting near the lake was Clustered Bellflower.* We just couldn’t get away from it! I know they’re pretty flowers, but they are not native and they are highly invasive, and they displace our native plants. I know because I’ve been trying to eradicate them from a spot in my prairie for years. I also know because they’re on many states Invasive Species Lists. See Wisconsin Law NR 40.
So, please! If these plants pop up in your gardens, don’t just view them as a pretty surprise!! View them as the very serious invading monster they are and get rid of them into the landfill as quickly as possible!!!
*Campanula sp is a prolific seed producer, so once the seed gets into the lake, it will likely spread along the lake shore pretty quickly.