Campanula rapunculoides, or Creeping Bellflower, is officially classified as a weed in Albert and Manitoba, though apparently not in Saskatchewan. Royer and Dickinson (Weeds of Northern US and Canada) say it's a perennial introduced from Asia and Europe as a garden flower. Shade-tolerant, it takes moisture and nutrients that other plants need and can out-compete turf.
(When it comes to prairie weeds, I don't think I'd mind these on my lawn, instead of the plantains and dandelions I'm currently trying to dig out of the grass...)
|Delicate stalks of purple bells: Creeping Bellflower © SB|
Prairie Wildflower: Creeping Bellflower (Campanula rapunculoides)
Location: Along Wascana Creek, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Photo Date: July 9, 2012.