Eric la Fountane here again, with a brief entry while Daniel is on holiday. Today’s photo was selected from the BPotD Flickr Pool. It was taken by Beranekp in the Czech Republic—original photo. Thanks beranekp, I really like the balance of light in this photo.
Campanula patula or spreading bellflower is found throughout much of Europe and parts of Asia, but is not common. Populations of the species have been declining in the wild and it is considered endangered in some areas. Often found in meadows and pastures, the biennial plants grow to 25 to 30 cm. The branching stems bear purple (occasionally white) bell-shaped flowers in summer. The petals are pointed and more separate than typical campanulas, giving less of a bell shape.