Cornish Bellflower (Campanula alliariifolia)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Cornish Bellflower
Campanula alliariifolia
Campanulaceae

Plants can be grown for ground cover when planted about 45cm apart each way, they form spreading clumps[208].

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Leaves – raw or cooked[K]. The leaves are rather hairy and, especially as they age, have a slightly unpleasant bitterness. They are acceptable as a minor ingredient in mixed salads, but are generally less than pleasant to eat on their own[K].

    Flowers – a pleasant taste and texture with a slight sweetness[208].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – surface sow spring in a cold frame. Germination usually takes place within 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]. The plant has a thick fleshy root with a number of crowns. Whilst this can be divided if great care is taken not to damage the root, it is not really recommended because the divisions take a long time to become established[221].
Succeeds in any well-drained fertile soil[233], but prefers a moist well-drained rich sandy loam and a neutral or alkaline soil in full sun, though it also tolerates partial shade[1, 200, 208]. When grown in exposed and windy positions, plants tend to grow better when in a poor soil[271]. Plants are hardy to at least -15¡c[200]. If the plant is cut back as the flowers fade, it will usually produce a second flush of flowers later in the season[271]. 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]. This species tends to produce seed abundantly in cultivation and will often self-sow[221, 271]. Plants can be naturalized in the light dappled shade of a woodland[200]. There are some named forms selected for their ornamental value[200]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[233].
E. Europe to W. Asia. Naturalized in Britain, in Cornwall.

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