Ladybells (Adenophora liliifolia)

A communis. A. fischeri.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Adenophora liliifolia

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Root – cooked. Thick and esculent[2, 61, 105], it has a sweet flavour[74]. Eaten boiled and in soups etc[46, 177].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe[200]. The seed can also be sown in spring. Surface sow 2 – 3 seeds per pot in the spring in order to avoid transplanting[133]. We have found that if transplanted when very small seedlings grow away without difficulty[K]. Germinates in 1 – 3 months at 10¡c[133]. Plant out into their permanent positions whilst young. Basal cuttings in spring[K]. Division in spring – very difficult because the plant dislikes root disturbance[1]..
Prefers a light rich slightly alkaline soil that is not too dry, and a warm sunny position[1, 200]. Plants are intolerant of root disturbance and should be planted out into their permanent positions when young[1]. This species has been cultivated for its edible root in Japan[46, 238]. The flowers have a sweet but refreshing perfume[245]. This is the only member of the genus with scented flowers[245]. The young growth is extremely attractive to slugs, they have been known to destroy even mature plants[K].
C. Europe to Siberia

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