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Campanula punctata - Lam.                
                 
Common Name Chinese Rampion, Spotted bellflower
Family Campanulaceae
Synonyms
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Grassy slopes in lowland and low mountains all over Japan[58]. Waste places such as roadsides and stony slopes on hills from the lowlands to elevations of 1700 metres[275].
Range E. Asia - Japan, Siberia.
Edibility Rating  
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary       
Bloom Color: Red. Main Bloom Time: Late summer, Mid summer. Form: Spreading or horizontal, Upright or erect.

Physical Characteristics       
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Campanula punctata is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.4 m (1ft 4in) by 0.8 m (2ft 7in) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. It is in flower in July, and the seeds ripen in August. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)The plant is self-fertile.


USDA hardiness zone : 5-9


Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Campanula punctata Chinese Rampion, Spotted bellflower


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Campanula punctata Chinese Rampion, Spotted bellflower
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Habitats       
 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses                                         
Edible Parts: Flowers;  Leaves.
Edible Uses:

The flowers and leaves are used as potherbs[177, 179, 183]. The leaves are slightly hairy but they have a very pleasant taste raw, with a pleasant sweetness[K]. They have been enjoyed by almost everyone we have given them to try and make a very acceptable salad[K]. The flowers make a decorative and tasty addition to the salad bowl[K].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details                                         
Landscape Uses:Border, Container, Ground cover, Massing, Rock garden. Succeeds in most fertile well-drained soils[233], though it prefers a moist but well-drained rich sandy loam and a neutral or alkaline soil in sun or partial shade[1, 200]. Plants are hardy in most parts of Britain but are best grown in pots in a cold greenhouse[1]. Another report says that it is very well suited to the ornamental garden[200]. This species has proved to be difficult of cultivation in many gardens, though it spreads freely in others[221] and can become invasive[233]. It probably requires a very light soil, and is more inclined to die out when growing in clay[221, 271]. Where successful, the plants usually produce an abundance of seed and sometimes self-sow[221, 271]. Closely related to C. takesimana[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]. There are several named forms selected for their ornamental value[200]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[233]. Special Features: Attracts birds, Not North American native, Invasive, Naturalizing, Suitable for cut flowers.
                                                                                 
Propagation                                         
Seed - surface sow spring in a cold frame. The seed usually germinates in 2 - 4 weeks at 18°c. Easy[221]. 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. 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. Very easy[221], larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer or following spring.
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Author                                         
Lam.
                                                                                 
Botanical References                                         
58200275
                                                                                 
Links / References                                         

  [K] Ken Fern Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.

[1]F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956
Comprehensive listing of species and how to grow them. Somewhat outdated, it has been replaces in 1992 by a new dictionary (see [200]).
[58]Ohwi. G. Flora of Japan. (English translation)
The standard work. Brilliant, but not for the casual reader.
[177]Kunkel. G. Plants for Human Consumption.
An excellent book for the dedicated. A comprehensive listing of latin names with a brief list of edible parts.
[179]Reid. B. E. Famine Foods of the Chiu-Huang Pen-ts'ao.
A translation of an ancient Chinese book on edible wild foods. Fascinating.
[183]Facciola. S. Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants.
Excellent. Contains a very wide range of conventional and unconventional food plants (including tropical) and where they can be obtained (mainly N. American nurseries but also research institutes and a lot of other nurseries from around the world.
[200]Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
[221]Crook. H. Clifford. Campanulas - their cultivation and classification.
The most comprehensive treatment of the genus yet written (2002).
[233]Thomas. G. S. Perennial Garden Plants
A concise guide to a wide range of perennials. Lots of cultivation guides, very little on plant uses.
[271]Lewis. P. & Lynch. M. Campanulas - A Gardener's Guide.
Very readable account of almost 150 members of the genus, together with their hybrids and cultivars, that are more commonly grown in gardens. Excellent photographs of many of the species.
[275] Flora of Japan
An on-line version of the flora - an excellent resource.

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