Campanula, Dinner Bells (Organic)
Campanula medium. Biennial.
Bell-shaped, 2-3″ flowers are good stuffed or whole in salad. Selected for edible flowers which are purple or white and pleasantly peppery. Biennial that blooms only in its second year, but flowers profusely and is well worth the wait. A type of Canterbury Bells Campanula selected by Tim Peters of Peters Seed and Research formerly in Riddle, Oregon.
Surface sow indoors in early spring for transplant or direct sow once danger of frost has passed. Light is required for germination, which may be slow and erratic. Transplant or thin to 12″ spacing. Flowers only form in the second year. May self-seed.
Collect seeds from seed heads that are fully dry. Thresh by hand or by dancing, winnow to clean. Finish air-drying if necessary before sealing in airtight container. Some cross-pollination may occur. Isolate from other varieties of same species by ¼ mile.