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Planted at Mount Vernon

Planted at Mount Vernon Pioneer Farm

  • Pioneer Farm

  • Hardiness Zones

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

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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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

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