Rampion Bellflower - Campanula Rapunculus
Rampion Bellflower is a biennial herb found in sandy tracks and field margins, roadsides, railway banks and quarries. The long, radish like roots can be harvested the same year the seeds are sown, normally about 4 to 5 months after the seeds are first sown. If the plant is allowed to remain in the ground, the familiar bell flowers will appear the next year, growing on 2 foot stems. The roots can be eaten raw or cooked. Eaten raw they taste somewhat like a radish, though are sweeter. The leaves are often used in salads.
The seeds are very small and it may be easier to sow the seed by mixing it with fine sand before sowing. Sow the seeds indoors in early spring and pot on as soon as the plants are large enough to handle. Plant out after the last frost.