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which campanula? and neber seen this alien before

berardeberarde Posts: 135
Left on the shelf at Tesco, I think the first is a campanula, but would like to know the variety and its height to help in the right place.
The next, I've never seen the like before. I think I'll be uprooting it as it is not bright and cheerful and as it has separate stalks popping I wonder if it has underground runners like bindweed?


  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 Posts: 5,150
    edited June 2019
    Hi berade. The bottom photo looks like an oxalis 'iron cross'.
    Don't know the others, sorry.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 9,979
    The white plant may be a platycodon (Balloon Flower). Before the flower buds open they look like a balloon.
    An easy way to check is to snap a leaf off and check for a sticky milky sap. (which can irritate the skin)
    If the sap is white, it's a platycodon, otherwise it's not :)
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,383
    @Pete.8. I would agree with you.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • berardeberarde Posts: 135
    Ah thanks, I bought a pack of 30 summer bulbs from home bargains for 50p or so and there were some oxalis in there. It looks to have nice flowers and be not invasive and as I'd forgotten about them, a nice little bonus.

    I'll do the platycodon sap test tomorrow, and if the next buds are ballooning, that will clinch it.
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