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 and poor soil and it will self-seed. Remove flowers immediately if you do not want it to do this!
Grows to two foot high.