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PlantFiles: Rampion, Raperonzolo
Campanula rapunculus

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Family: Campanulaceae (kam-pan-yew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Campanula (kam-PAN-yoo-luh) (Info)
Species: rapunculus (ra-PUN-kyoo-lus) (Info)

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Category:
Annuals
Biennials
Vegetables
Herbs

Height:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Violet/Lavender

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:
Herbaceous
Smooth-Textured

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral coriaceous On Apr 14, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Rampion (as in the Rapunzel fairy tale), Campanula rapunculus, is a biennial that's long been cultivated in Europe as a tasty and versatile vegetable. It's the basal leaves and first-year taproots that are eaten. It's rarely grown in North America.

This plant grows between 18" and 3 feet tall.

Rampion (Campanula rapunculus) is frequently confused with the highly invasive perennial Campanula rapunculoides, which also has an edible root. The latter looks similar and has a similar sounding name---in botanical latin, the suffix "--oides" means "looks like---but it behaves very differently in the gardens and the woodlands of North America.

According to the USDA Plants database, rampion has never been reported to naturalize in North America, and is not invasive here.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Shawnee Mission, Kansas



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