CREEPING BELLFLOWER, Campanula rapunculoides L. 1, upper part of plant; 2, lower part of plant; 3, seedling showing basal leaves. Perennial, spreading by short stolons, root fragments, and seed. Roots tuberlike, both fibrous and fleshy. Stems erect, 1 to 3 feet (30 to 90 cm) tall, smooth, leafy, with milky juice. Basal leaves long-petioled, heart shaped; upper leaves short-petioled or sessile. Flowers numerous, nodding, bell-shaped, about 3/4 inch (1.9 cm) long with 5 teeth, purple, scattered along upper portion of the stem. Seeds shiny, oval, straw colored, rounded on one side, ridged on the other, 1 millimeter long. Found in dense patches on roadsides, in fence rows, lawns, gardens, and waste places. Often spreads from areas where grown as an ornamental.