Rampion - Creeping Bellflower
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Rapunzel, your dinner is ready.
Campanula rapunculoides
Rampion - Creeping Bellflower

Uses: Roots, leaves
Acquired: 1983
How started:
Source: J.L. Hudson

Creeping Bellflower is a perennial with beautiful purple bell-shaped flowers. Closely related to the rampion of the Rapunzel fairytale (Campanula rapunculus).

Arthur Lee Jacobson says "I grow Creeping Bellflower because the flowers are tasty and I occasionally eat the roots when digging up a bed they've overrun; they are doubtless nutritious even though devoid of flavor." Plants for a Future says "Leaves and young shoots - raw or cooked. Rich in vitamin C. A pleasant mild flavour. Root - raw or cooked. A nut-like flavour, very palatable. The young roots are best. Somewhat sweet, they are a pleasant addition to the salad bowl." A blogger in Warsaw, Poland says "I boiled them in water along with potatoes and other vegetables, but probably the roots will also be ok in a stir fry." A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants: Eastern and Central North America by Lee Allen Peterson says this about this plant "The slender runners send down fleshy underground branches which can be chopped and added to salads or boiled for 20 minutes. The taste is slightly sweet, suggesting parsnips. Late Summer-Fall".

I have been growing this plant since 1983. The flowers are awesome. The plant has a reputation as a terrible weed. I disagree. I have no problem controlling where it grows. If I get tired of it in a spot, I just weed it out. It may take a few weedings, but it is not aggressive. Dandelions on the other hand are evil. They would take over my whole garden if allowed. Creeping Buttercup, Ranunculus repens, is even more evil still!


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