Adenophora communis lamarckii (Fisch.) Trautv.
Adenophora liliifolia lamarckii (Fisch.) Krylov
Adenophora polymorpha lamarckii (Fisch.) Trautv. ex Herder
Campanula lamarckii (Fisch.) D.Dietr.
Adenophora lamarckii is an erect, herbaceous, perennial plant producing one or more unbranched stems 30 - 100cm tall. The stems are produced from a carrot-shaped rootstock that can be up to 25mm in diameter[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Asia - southern Siberia, Kazakhstan, northern China, Mongolia, Korea.
Found in broad-leaved and open forests, forest edges[
]. On the margins of montane deciduous forests[
Species in this genus are usually reliably hardy at temperatures down to at least -15°c, perhaps even lower if the soil is well-drained[
Prefers a light rich slightly alkaline soil that is not too dry, and a warm sunny position[
]. Grows well in sunny and partially shaded places[
Intolerant of root disturbance[
The young growth is extremely attractive to slugs, they have been known to destroy even mature plants[
Root - cooked. The dry, mealy flesh has a sweet flavour[
]. The plant has a thick, deep taproot[
]. The taproot is up to 25mm in diameter[
Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe[
]. The seed can also be sown in spring. Surface sow 2 - 3 seeds per pot in the spring in order to avoid transplanting[
]. We have found that if transplanted when very small seedlings grow away without difficulty[
]. Germinates in 1 - 3 months at 10°c[
]. Plant out into their permanent positions whilst young. Plants can flower in their second year from seed[
Basal cuttings in spring[