Observed along the stream wooded area.
Humpback Rocks, Nelson County, VA
19 July 2014
in open oak-hickory woodland
About 4 ft. tall flower spikes with bluish purple flowers and green leaves alternating. Growing under hardwoods along a trail near a creek.
The proper binomial name for this may be Campanulastrum americanum. The current identification (Campanula americana) may be an older nomenclature. See http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/woodland/plants/am_bellflower.htm
Campanula americana, the American bellflower, is a tall bellflower native to eastern North America from the Great Lakes region south to Florida and from the Dakotas east to New York. This native plant is an annual or biennial from 2-6' tall. Its flowers are light blue to violet and are usually arranged in elongated clusters. It is an unusual bellflower in that its flowers are usually flat and not bell-shaped. It has a varying life-history with...