Wahlenbergia marginata from Garland, South Carolina

Dr. Hill—
This plant was photographed in my driveway in North Augusta. It’s a yard weed that seems to thrive in full sun and the sandy soil characteristic of the area. It has basal leaves and sends up one or two slender stalks topped by tiny five-petaled deep blue flowers, about a quarter inch across. I’ve checked every one of my wildflower books to no avail, so any help you can giver me would be appreciated. Thank you for your attention.

Hi Garland,

your plant is called Asiatic bellflower, Wahlenbergia marginata.  It is a non-native flower commonly found along roadsides and disturbed areas.  It is often overlooked.  You can find out a lot more about it here: https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/wahlenbergia-marginata/


Dr. Steven Hill, Botanist, SCNPS

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