I recently read Max Brooks’ page-turning unread romp, “World War Z.” The book is a mediation of what a global zombie plague, and our subsequent reaction to it, would look like. Creeping Bellflower is an invasive plant that we'd rather not have in the garden. Invasive tendencies and extreme hardiness mean lots of it will be available. Groundcover bellflower with edible shoots, leaves, flowers and nutty roots. It looks like this: If you see it or suspect that you see it, haul it out. The whole plant is edible particularly at this time of the year (spring). Flowers, leaves, young shoots, roots are edible. In the book, infected victims don’t become zombies right away. Your email address will not be published. Creeping bellflower is a very attractive flower, and understandably popular in gardens, but it frequently escapes into disturbed sites such as roadsides and waste areas. This may be 'invasive' or a 'garden thug' to many or most people, but the plant is edible even though it is not commonly grown as a food plant now. Edible Campanula rapunculoides or creeping bellflower . Creeping Bellflower, a European import popular in the garden industry, readily escapes cultivation and can quickly become invasive, spreading both from seed (up to 15,000 per plant!) Ask a gardening question, get a gardening answer. Full sun to part shade. Edible Campanula rapunculoides or creeping bellflower. Reader Interactions. Name * Email * Website. A lesser known wild edible, creeping bellflower (Campanula rapunculoides) has become one of my favorite spring greens. This bellflower is cold-hardy in USDA zones 4 to 8 and blooms during early summer of its second year. However, it is edible, so escaped individuals can be permanently disposed of. Wanted: Creeping Bellflower ... A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants: Eastern and Central North America by Lee Allen Peterson says this about this plant “The slender runners send down fleshy underground branches which can be chopped and added to salads or boiled for 20 minutes. Discover gardening made easy. Spreads rapidly on rhizomes and produces deep, taproot-shaped tubers. Plus, if you have a gardening question, one of our helpful and friendly gardening experts can help answer it. Required fields are marked * Comment. Prefers summer moisture. The creeping bell flower may be a pest to the eyes of some, but in my eyes it is a boon. Lilac spires of bellflowers to 1.2m in summer are very attractive to bees. Leave a Reply Cancel reply. Silver Springs Edible Garden Creeping Bellflower: The Zombie Weed by Rob Sproule. as well as its root system. Happy ardening! Creeping Bellflower (Campanula rapunculoides) Posted by plantcollector. 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