Rampion was cultivated widely in Europe for its edible leaves and taproots which taste like a cross between a mild radish and a parsnip. Rampion bellflowers are purple and bloom in the Spring, and are an adorable and delicious edible flower. Cultivated since Shakespeare’s time, the Brothers Grimm’s Rapunzel was named after this vegetable as she was accused of stealing the rampion from a neighbor witch’s garden.
Hardiness: Frost Hardy
Habit: Fleshy biennial 1to 2' tall
Light: Full Sun
Soil: Good fertile garden soil is best
Origin: Found throughout Western Asia, North Africa and most of Europe
Additional Characteristics: Edible Flower