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Common Name: Roundheaded Rampion
Phyteuma orbiculare is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.50 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Dry grassland and rocky ground[
Succeeds in almost any moderately good soil in sun or light shade[
]. Plants are somewhat calcicole[
Succeeds in thin meadow grass[
There is some confusion over the correct name of this species. According to Flora Europaea it is found in S. Britain, though it is not in the Flora of the British Isles which mentions P. tengrum (synonym P. orbiculare. non L.)
Root - raw or cooked[
Young leaves - raw or cooked[
Seed - best sown in a greenhouse as soon as it is ripe in late summer, though it can also be sown in the spring in a cold frame. Only just cover the seed. Germination is usually very quick. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in early summer.
Division in spring or autumn.