Vegetables Salsify

Mammoth Sandwich Island
Salsify Seed

Product ID: 520

The classic salsify.

Roots are long and tapered like carrots, with off-white skin and white flesh. The upright, grass-like leaves and edible, second-summer purple flowers distinguish it from scorzonera. Also known as oyster plant. Avg. 8-10" long x 1" diameter. Biennial. Avg. 42,750 seeds/lb. Packet: 100 seeds.


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SCIENTIFIC NAME: Tragopogon porrifolius, Scorzonera hispanica
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: 36,250; Salsify: 42,750.
PACKET: 100 seeds, sows 5'.

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Latin Name

Tragopogon porrifolius

Days To Maturity

Average number of days from seeding date to harvest, within a specific crop group. If a transplanted crop: average number of days from transplant date. Not sure if crop is direct-seeded or transplanted? Check the Growing Information box for details. If crop can be both direct-seeded or transplanted, days to maturity refers to direct seeding. Days to maturity for all flowers and herbs is calculated from seeding date.

120 Days

Life Cycle

Plants can be Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grow year after year), Tender Perennials (grow year after year in warmer climates; and in some cases when given special protection in colder climates), or Biennials (require two years to mature).


Hybrid Status

Hybrid: The offspring of a cross between two or more distinct parent lines, usually of same species, and selected for improved traits.
Open-pollinated: A non-hybrid variety that can reproduce itself in kind, demonstrating relatively stable traits from one generation to the next.

Open Pollinated

Product Features

Edible Flowers Edible Flowers
Variety's flowers may be consumed.

Edible Flowers