You may recognize this native Eurasian plant Campanula rapunculoides (a.k.a. Creeping Bellflower) as an invasive weed in your Winnipeg garden (or even your whole neighborhood). This is different than Campanula rotundifolia and other much less invasive varieties of Campanula (a.k.a. bluebells, harebells). Hand weeding Companula rapunculoides is difficult due to its dense and abundant roots and shoots. Any small roots left behind after weeding will spring back up within a couple weeks, and begin spreading again throughout your garden.

Campanula rapunculoides L. - Creeping Bellflower (from www.missouriplants.com)
Campanula rapunculoides L. – Creeping Bellflower (from www.missouriplants.com)
Creeping Bellflower, Campanula rapunculoides
Creeping Bellflower, Campanula rapunculoides

It is therefor exciting to read that although it is a quite invasive variety of campanula, it is also edible. We’ve come across various websites that suggest it is a nutrient rich green (high in Vitamin C, and one commenter suggests it has more calcium than spinach), and edible from root to flower. According to these sites the flowers, leaves, and roots can be eaten raw by adding them to salads, or the roots can be boiled, and taste a little like parsnips:

‘rapunculoides’, meaning like Rapunculus, refers to a now obsolete-name for a group of bellflowers, meaning “little turnip” (for the roots).

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