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I got a small plant (from my mother-in-law... ) on which I would like to have an ID with your help. I cannot say much about its life-cycle as I only got it recently: she told me it was once in a pot and she put it outside. Thus I assume it survived winters with peaks down to -20 C.

  • tiny white flowers (1.5cm in diameter)
  • saw-teethed leaves (2cm long, 1.5 large, reminds me of birch-leaves)
  • flowers die back quite fast (a few days), but new one are coming out again quickly

Some images (click to enlarge)

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Looks like some species of campanula like Campanula carpatica – nettle Aug 5 '12 at 10:57
How tall is the whole plant? – Bamboo Aug 5 '12 at 12:56
@nettle that's it. Make your comment an answer, and I will accept. Thanks. – Patrick B. Aug 5 '12 at 13:46
@Bamboo I haven't added the plant-size, because I can't really say. I have two of them, one is 20x20x15cm the other one has only one flower-carrying stem... IOW: it seems to vary a lot. – Patrick B. Aug 5 '12 at 13:48
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Looks like some species of campanula like Campanula carpatica.

This spring I recieved one campanula carpatica as a gift in a pot. I planted it outside in June as it was overgrowing the pot and I heard it can withstand the colds of the winter.

I can't say it has been doing great outside, but it is still alive.

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It is Campanula, but its not C. carpatica - it looks remarkably like C. trachelium 'album plenum', the so called 'nettle leaved' campanula, but that has flower stems which reach 80 cm, which is why I asked about the height...

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