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Scorzonera - Black Salsify

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Tragopogon spp 

Story: This is a chunkier version of Salsify that grows as a perennial, producing long roots and large purple flowers that open in the morning and close in the afternoon. Like salsify, the roots, shoots and flower buds can all be eaten, the latter two tasting a little like asparagus and the roots having a slight taste of oysters. They are a very old vegetable, rarely available in the shops, very easy to grow and well worth it too, even if just for their gorgeous flowers. 

Sow: March  – May direct 

Requirements: full sun, moist soil, warmth and humidity. 

Harvest: March - April and Sep - Dec  

Seed contributors: Omved Gardens

Seed harvested: 2023

Please remember, if you’re an individual grower you can order up to 3 packets of seeds. If you order more than this, you will receive just three packs to begin with. This is to ensure we get plenty of data in return and to keep our stocks sustainable for years to come.* 

*Community groups and Experienced Growers can order larger quantities, please email us if this is the case.

If an item is out of stock we will send a close alternative.