Campanula rapunculoides

Common Names: Creeping bellflower, rampion bellflower
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Bellflower family

Campanula rapunculoides reaches on average 12 to 31 inches of height, with a maximum of 47 inches. The stem is simple, erect and lightly pubescent and the leaves are usually shortly hairy. The basal leaves are triangular, narrow, with a heart-shaped or rounded base, jagged edges and are up to 4.7 inches long. The upper stem leaves are sessile, lanceolate and shortly stalked. The inflorescence consists of nodding spikelike racemes with numerous drooping flowers. The flowers are bright blue-violet (rarely white), 2 to 4 cm long, with short petioles standing to one side in the axils of the bracts. The bracts are quite different and smaller than the leaves. The sepals are lanceolate to ovate-lanceolate, entire, wide at the base up to 2.5 mm. The corolla is bell-shaped, with five deep lobes slightly ciliate.

It grows on grassy places, dry hills, meadows, in deciduous and pine forests, woods, fields and roadsides, along railway lines and hedgerows, preferably in partial shade, in dry to moist sites and on clay soils, relatively rich in nitrogen, at an altitude of 0 to 6,600 ft above sea level. It also occurs in cultivated fields as a weed.

Primary Flower Color: Blue/Purple
Secondary Flower Color: White
Edible Notes: The leaves, shoots and roots of this plant are reported to be edible. Not a lot of information is available regarding safety, flavor or preparation, so it is not recommended.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.