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Campanula rapunculus, Rampion Bellflower


Rampion was formerly often cultivated for its edible root, though it has fallen into virtual disuse. When grown for its edible root, the plant should not be allowed to flower.

Plants can be grown in a meadow.

An easily cultivated plant, it prefers a moist but well-drained rich sandy loam and a neutral or alkaline soil in sun or partial shade, though it succeeds in most good soils. Tolerates a pH in the range 4.8 to 7.5.

Plants are hardy to at least -15°c. Plants often self-sow in the garden. The species in this genus do not often hybridize and so seed can generally be relied upon to come true. The plants are self-fertile.

Surface sow May/June in situ. The seed usually germinates in 2 - 4 weeks at 18°c.

Edible uses

Root - raw or cooked. A very nice sweet flavour, reminiscent of walnuts. They are best mixed with other root vegetables and used in winter salads.

Leaves - raw or cooked as a potherb. A fairly bland flavour, with a hint of sweetness, they are quite acceptable raw in salads. The leaves are rich in vitamin C, they make an acceptable winter salad.

Young shoots in spring can be blanched and cooked like asparagus.


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