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Campanula rapunculus

Campanule raiponce
Rampion Bellflower

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

purple

Flower size

10-20 mm

Flowering months

May,

June,

July,

August

Leaf type

Linear,

Spatulate

Height

40-100 cm

Description

The name ‘campanula’ comes from the Latin word ‘campana’, meaning bell. The Rampion Bellflower is common in our area. Tall, slender, upright, with a slightly hairy stem.

Dry, grassy, sunny areas.

Flowers

The flower spike (14 cm) holds many white, pale blue or lilac funnel-shaped flowers with lilac stamens. The sepals have 5 pronounced teeth.

Leaves

Spatulate broad end of the leaf tapers to the point of connection with the plant stem, Linear narrow blade leaf, like grass. Basal rosette: broad end of the leaves tapers at base, with stalks.
Upper leaves: long and narrow, without stalks, pointed with alternate hairy leaves.

Fruits Seeds

Capsule: inverted cone, releases the seeds.

Edible

Leaves and roots: Used to be cultivated in Europe for the leaves – a little like spinach; also for the roots – a little like radish.

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