Rampion Seeds - (Campanula rapunculus)
- Seed Count::
- Approx 100 seeds per pack
- Biennial grown as annual
Ramps – known officially as rampions – are one of the earliest wild edibles to emerge in spring. They have a mildly sweet flavor reminiscent of garlic, onions or leeks.
Please note – these are not the North American wild onions also known as ramps - Allium tricoccum – that do not grow well from seeds and are almost endangered due to over-harvesting.
Home gardeners can easily grow rampions in a bed dedicated for them, similar to asparagus. Ramps are biennial but are grown as an annual, with only 1/4 to 1/3 of the bed harvested each year. Collect by digging a shallow hole around the ramp stalk and cutting the bulb just above the roots, allowing the bed to re-grow and expand slightly each year. The stem grows 2-3 feet tall with 1-3 inches long narrow small toothed leaves. Reddish purple, blue or white flowers appear in July to August and are 3/4 inch long. Rampions prefer a shady to semi-shady and moist environment with well-drained, calcium-rich soils. They prefer some soil acidity but will tolerate mild alkalinity. Create a bed with 6 – 8 inches of decomposed wood chips as the base to duplicate their natural forest floor environment.
Extensively cultivated in English kitchen gardens and still grown widely in France, Germany and Italy rampions have captivated American gardeners, growers and chefs with their flavors that are like nothing else.