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  • Lower Garden
  • Fruit Garden & Nursery
  • Pioneer Farm

  • Hardiness Zones

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005


    Salsify is a unique biennial root vegetable with grass-like leaves. In the spring it produces masses of daisy-like purple flowers followed by large seedheads that resemble those of dandelions. The root is said to taste somewhat like oysters and looks like a white carrot.

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    Latin Name

    Tragopogon porrifolius


    Family

    Asteraceae


    Also Known As

    Oyster Plant , Jerusalem Star


    Type of Plant

    Vegetables

    Bloom Season

    May

    Seasons

    Fall
    Winter
    Spring

    Specifications

    Max Height: 3'
    Max Spread: 2'

    Uses

  • Vegetable
  • Edible

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun

    Colors


    Native Range

    Mediterranean


    History

    Salsify was a popular colonial vegetable and was grown by Brother August Schubert at Bethabara in 1761.


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