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Jerusalem artichoke is a perennial sunflower relative that produces a profusion of bright yellow flowers atop ten foot stalks. It is valued for its edible tubers, which resemble the flavor of water chestnuts.

Latin Name

Helianthus tuberosus



Also Known As

Sunroot Sunchoke

Type of Plant

Perennials Perennials
Vegetables Vegetables

Bloom Season

August - September


Fall Fall
Summer Summer


Max height Max Height: 10'
Max spread Max Spread: 5'


  • Edible
  • Naturalize

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun
    Part Shade Part Shade


  • Deer
  • Drought
  • Dry Soil
  • Shallow-Rocky Soil

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Birds Birds
    Butterflies Butterflies


    Native Range

    Eastern North America


    George Washington was growing Jerusalem artichokes at his Muddy Hole farm.

    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator
    Grown by Washington Grown by Washington

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Pioneer Farm

  • Pioneer Farm

  • Hardiness Zones

    3a 3b 4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 3a 3b 4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b

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