Salsify – Tragopogon
Its proper name is Tragopogon! This plant has been growing wherever it wants to at Enchanted Gardens for years. It is very quirky and pretty with lots of visits from our Pollinators (by the way it is hermaphrodite). It was first grown in Europe in the 16th century for its delicious Tap Root. You can harvest and blanch, puree, or roast it and the young roots can be grated as in salads – there are lots of ways to cook it and we are so pleased that it is making a “comeback” with lots of people looking for new and interesting plants to eat. The roots are said to taste mildly of Oysters.
It likes sun, poor soil, will self-seed.
Grows to two foot.
Cut back once it has finished flowering, if you do not want it to self-seed, cut back as soon as the flower is over.
We find it easy to grow from seed, we grow it straight into 9cm pots four seeds to a pot, keep warm and moist and pot on and harden off before planting outside.