Roots are long and tapered like carrots, averaging 8-10" long and 1" in diameter with off-white skin and white flesh. The upright, grass-like leaves and purple flowers the second summer distinguish it from scorzonera. Biennial. Also known as oyster plant. Avg. 42,100 seeds/lb. Packet: 100 seeds.
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Latin Name: Tragopogon porrifolius
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Scorzonera and Salsify
CULTURE: Scorzonera and salsify prefer a deep, friable, well-drained soil. Sow in early to midspring in a 2" band about 1" apart (20 seeds/ft.), 1/2" deep, in rows 18-24" apart. Do not allow soil to dry out prior to emergence. Thin plants to 2-3" apart. AVG. DIRECT SEEDING RATE: Scorzonera - 1 oz./120', 8.3 oz./1,000', 11.5 lb./acre at 20 seeds/ft. in rows 24" apart. Salsify - 1 oz./130', 7.7 oz./1,000', 10.5 lb./acre at 20 seeds/ft. in rows 24" apart. HARVEST: Dig roots in late fall. STORAGE: Overwinter in soil like parsnips or store in root cellar or refrigerator at 32°F (0°C) and 95% relative humidity. SEED SPECS: AVG. SEEDS/LB: Scorzonera - 38,700; Salsify - 42,100. PACKET: 100 seeds sows 5'.