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Campanula takesimana - Nakai.

Common Name Korean Bellflower
Family Campanulaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Not known
Range E. Asia - Korea.
Edibility Rating    (4 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Campanula takesimana Korean Bellflower


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Campanula takesimana Korean Bellflower
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Campanula takesimana is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 5 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from June to July, 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 (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Flowers  Leaves  Root
Edible Uses:

Leaves - raw or cooked[K]. A mild flavour with a subtle sweetness, especially in the spring and early summer they taste just like lettuce and are a pleasant addition to mixed salads[K]. In the height of summer, the leaves often develop a slightly bitter flavour, especially if the plant is growing in a sunny position[K]. Flowers - raw. Beautiful to look at, the flowers have a delicate sweetness and are a pleasant addition to salads[K]. Roots - raw, cooked or dried for later use. Known as 'do-ra-jee' in Korea, where they are eaten as a delicacy. The roots are a bit small and fiddly to utilize, though they are said to have a simply delicious flavour.

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Prefers a moist but well-drained rich sandy loam and a neutral or alkaline soil in sun or partial shade[1, 200]. Succeeds in most well-drained soils[233]. 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]. This species is closely related to C. punctata[233, 271]. The plant spreads freely at the roots and can become rampant in lighter soils, though it is easily controlled by hoeing (or eating!)[233, 271, K]. 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]. If the seed is in short supply it would be best to sow it in pots in a cold frame in the spring. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a cold frame for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in spring. Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer or following spring.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Robert   Tue Jan 14 04:45:38 2003

The roots of the Korean Belflower are absolutely delicious! In Korea, they are a delicacy. They can be eaten fresh or dried and have a simply delicious flavour. Koreans call them "do-ra-jee".

Jake   Mon Sep 8 2008

Just a note, Wikipedia says that Doraji doesn't come from this plant but from Chinese Bellflower, Platycodon grandiflorus, I have zero idea of whether this is true or not, but they maintain it is a common error. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_bellflower http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campanula_takesimana

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