Return to the Rocky Mountain Gardening Forum | Post a Follow-Up

What the heck is this?

Posted by powermuffin Rcky Mtns (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 12, 10 at 14:41

This plant has taken over one of my beds. It has a long tap root or tuber, almost like a potato. It never gets tall, just gets larger and larger leaves. It is a bugger to get it out. Does any one know what it is? I don't remember seeing it last year. I have hundreds of them coming up.

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: What the heck is this?


I could be wrong but it looks like the campanula that they call Queen Palmer's Revenge around here. The founder of Colorado Springs, General Palmer, married an English lady, Queen, who decided she didn't like Colorado Springs and went home to England. Guess she really didn't like our gardens since this nasty weed is named after her.

If that is what you have, any little piece of root left in the soil will bring more of the plants. And while it has nice campanula type flowers, they reseed easily which, of course, brings more of the monsters.

I have tried pulling them, digging them and smothering them to no avail. So now in late spring, I bring out a cup of round up and a sponge paint brush and dab away at them. One to two applications normally takes care of them. Of course, I don't get them all but I pull the flower stalks from anything threatening to bloom and save the rest for killing in the spring.

I would assume that the round up method would work at any time but I really hate to pull out the round up once the gardens are full and lush.

I can't say I am winning the war but I seem to be able to keep them in check.

Good luck, Nancy

RE: What the heck is this?

Thanks Nancy. I'll give it a try.

RE: What the heck is this?

Campanula rapunculoides, perhaps.


USDA Plants profile

Lady Bells . . . ain't no lady.

Steve's digits

RE: What the heck is this?

That's the nasty plant I am talking about. I don't think it is a native so whoever introduced it into my neighborhood ain't no lady (or gentleman) either! :)


RE: What the heck is this?

Not the Campanulas suggested. I have those too and they are not as bad as this mystery plant. This plant has not flowered and doesn't get tall. It is only a couple of inches tall: the leaves just keep getting bigger and spread out flat.
Any other ideas?

RE: What the heck is this?

Huh. I sent the foto to the BH, who used to work at the Extension office. Too new around here to know all the weeds!


RE: What the heck is this?

Diane, I think it may be that lower leaves and, perhaps, 1st year growth differs from later when the plant blooms.

Look at the heart-shaped leaves in 1 of these photo's.

However, I am just as likely to be completely off-base.


Here is a link that might be useful: Dan Tenaglia's Missouri Plants

RE: What the heck is this?

Thanks Steve. I have that plant too and it is not the plant that I am asking about.

The leaves on this are quite large, 3" wide by 4" long and although they are somewhat heart-shaped, they are much rounder and there is no central stem. All of the leaves come from the root and it is prostrate. I hit most of them with Round-up as suggested. I will get after the rest of them this weekend. I am sure it will take me a few years to get rid of all of it. I keep wondering if I planted this from seed last year! That would be funny. Or not.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Rocky Mountain Gardening Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here