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I think we have gotten this funny looking little Campanula from our friend some years ago.. It grows slowly, and the flowers and leaves are always somehow "dry" looking.. in a weird way. The leaves are a littel fatter than most Campanulas, and pretty dark green. The plant is about 30 cm tall (?). It grows on a sandy place under lilacs in our frontyard.
It looks like one I grew from seed a couple of years ago. A ground hog kept muching it to the ground so I barely got to see it bloom. Try Campanula glomerata var. acaulis ... here are a couple of links
I grow mine in good soil, and it is doing quite well. It's really a good performer. As with most campanula, the blue is spectacular. When in full bloom, the cluster of blooms looks like one giant flower.
Another that does well for me is C. latifolia. I understand it can be invasive, but I've not had that problem in my climate. I have lots of seed, if you are interested.
These seem to do fine in sun to partial shade. They get sun in the morning and filtered light in the afternoon. If your growing conditions include partial shade, then we have that in common, as well. I have a very large yard, but trees surrounding it, so very little can receive sun all day.
Weez, your picture (and the flower) is gorgeous. YOu alaskans can grow some gorgeous plants up there! I was astounded when I saw how big the cabbages were in a garden in Fairbanks. THey're like 10 times the size we grow in the rest of the US!
Thanks, BG! Yes, some flowers love our cool, moist summers. Campanula, Primula, and many others. It's funny how we all want to grow what we cannot. Whenever I see some new exciting plant in the T&M catalog, you can bet it won't grow here, but it would probably grow where you are!
We don't have quite the growing season that Fairbanks or the Mat-Valley have, but most of the cool weather crops, like the cabbage, cauliflower, kale, broccoli, etc. do well. We can grow one head of lettuce all summer, just harvesting the outer leaves, and it will grow all summer without bolting!