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Campanula rapunculus - L.

Common Name Rampion
Family Campanulaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Hedgerows, woodland edges, fields etc[9], usually on gravelly soils in Britain[17].
Range Europe - Mediterranean. Introduced in Britain[17].
Edibility Rating    (4 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Campanula rapunculus Rampion


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Campanula rapunculus Rampion
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Campanula rapunculus is a BIENNIAL growing to 0.9 m (3ft) by 0.3 m (1ft in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 4. It is in flower from July to August, and the seeds ripen from August to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees, flies, beetles, Lepidoptera (Moths & Butterflies). The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Meadow; Hedgerow; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves;  Root.
Edible Uses:

Root - raw or cooked[2, 5, 33, 37, 100, 183]. A very nice sweet flavour[27], reminiscent of walnuts[2]. They are best mixed with other root vegetables and used in winter salads[2, 9]. Leaves - raw or cooked as a potherb[2, 5, 9, 27, 33, 37, 100, 183]. A fairly bland flavour, with a hint of sweetness, they are quite acceptable raw in salads[K]. The leaves are rich in vitamin C, they make an acceptable winter salad[4]. Young shoots in spring can be blanched and cooked like asparagus[183].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

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[1, 4, 200], though it succeeds in most good soils[4]. Tolerates a pH in the range 4.8 to 7.5. Plants are hardy to at least -15°c[200]. Plants often self-sow in the garden[271]. The species in this genus do not often hybridize and so seed can generally be relied upon to come true[221]. The plants are self-fertile[221]. Rampion was formerly often cultivated for its edible root, though it has fallen into virtual disuse[4]. When grown for its edible root, the plant should not be allowed to flower[4]. Plants can be grown in a meadow[200]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[233].

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Propagation

Seed - surface sow May/June in situ. The seed usually germinates in 2 - 4 weeks at 18°c[138].

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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