Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Creeping Bellflower (Rampion Bellflower, European Bellflower) (Campanula rapunculoides): Images

Date Location Notes Images
July 4, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire A very interesting find. I had never seen any bellflowers before. According to the New England Wildflower Society web page, “It is edible. The leaves and young shoots are high in vitamin C and mild in flavor, and the roots are edible raw or cooked.” Key:
  • Style included with the corolla to reaching the tips of the corolla lobes.
  • Corolla 10-55 mm long.
  • Calyx without appendages between the lobes.
  • Flowers with pedicels (stems).
  • Calyx lobes lanceolate to triangular or oblong. Stem leaves not linear to narrow-lanceolate.
  • Stem leaf blades lanceolate to ovate, cordate-ovate, or triangular-ovate.
  • Corolla not broadly rotate-campanulate (nearly circular in outline).
  • Calyx lobes spreading to reflexed during flowering. Inflorescence an elongate, raceme with flowers tending to one side of the stem.