Adria Bellflower (Campanula portenschlagiana)

C. muralis. Portenschl.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Adria Bellflower
Campanula portenschlagiana

A rampantly spreading plant, suitable for ground cover in a sunny position[197, 208].

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Leaves – raw or cooked[K]. The leaves are rather small, but they are produced all year round[K]. They have a mild flavour and make an acceptable ingredient in mixed salads, especially in the winter, but we find that, eaten in quantity, they become a bit unpleasant[K].

    Flowers – raw. Very freely produced, they have a pleasant flavour and make a very decorative addition to salads[K].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – surface sow spring in a cold frame. The seed usually germinates in 2 – 4 weeks at 18¡c[138]. 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[1]. 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[200]. Very easy, the plant can be divided at almost any time of the year[221].
Prefers a moist but well-drained rich sandy loam and a neutral or alkaline soil preferring full sun but also succeeding in partial shade[1, 200, 208]. This species prefers a slightly shaded position[221]. Plants can be grown on a dry stone wall[200] and succeed in poor soils[221]. Plants are hardy to at least -15¡c[200]. The species in this genus do not often hybridize and so seed can generally be relied upon to come true[221]. The plants are self-fertile[221]. A rampant plant, capable of spreading widely when in suitable conditions by means of both underground roots and long stems above ground [188, 271]. It makes a good ground cover but can become a nuisance if it is not sited with care[200]. It is, however, fairly easy to control by simply pulling up any parts of the plant that wander too far[271]. There are several named forms selected for their ornamental value[200]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[233].
S. Europe. Naturalized in Britain.

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