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Venus' Looking-Glass, Clasping Venus' Looking-Glass

Triodanis perfoliata (L.) Nieuwl.

Campanulaceae  (Bellflower Family)

▲▼ young, non-flowering plants

▲▼ mature, flowering plants

▲▼ flowers

▲▼stems, showing stem ridges, clasping heart-shaped leaves, axillary flower buds (above) and fruit capsules (below)

Venus’ Looking-Glass:

·         A summer annual broadleaf weed in the Bellflower Family (Campanulaceae) that grows 6-24 inches tall

·         Has alternate  heart-shaped leaves with toothed-margins that clasp the stem at their bases; stems are ridged

·         Produces ½ to 1 inch diameter, five-petal flowers that are blue to purple in color from the axils of the leaves

·         Native wildflower, found in gardens, landscapes, cultivated fields

·         Tolerates full sun to moderate shade

·         Not usually a serious weed problem

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