Campanula esculenta A.Rich.
Campanula quartiniana A.Rich.
Campanula rigidipila Steud. & Hochst. ex A.Rich.
Campanula sarmentosa Hochst. ex A.Rich.
Campanula schimperi Vatke
Campanula edulis is a perennial plant with stems that can become woody at the base and often persist.
Northern and eastern Africa - Chad to Eritrea, Somalia and the Arabian Peninsula, south to Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania
Cracks in rocks in mountainous areas.
|Pollinators||Bees, Flies, Beetles, Lepidoptera, Self
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain. There is some doubt as to the validity of this name, the plant is closely related to C. dulcis and to the annual C. strigosa[
]. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
Succeeds in most well-drained fertile soils[
], but prefers a moist but well-drained rich sandy loam and a neutral or alkaline soil in sun or partial shade[
The species in this genus do not often hybridize and so seed can generally be relied upon to come true[
]. The plants are self-fertile[
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[
Root - thick and sapid[
]. It is eaten by children[
Seed - surface sow spring in a cold frame. The seed usually germinates in 2 - 4 weeks at 18°c. 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.
Basal cuttings in spring. Harvest the shoots when they are about 10 - 15cm long with plenty of underground stem. Pot them up into individual pots and keep them in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer.
Division in spring or autumn. 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.