Vegetables Scorzonera

Organic Scorzonera Seed

Product ID: 3659G

Rich and savory taste.

Long, straight, black roots. Scorzonera is described as having an oyster-like flavor. Roots exude white sap and should be washed post-harvest. This biennial produces edible yellow flowers in its second summer. While the plant is still young, the tender leaves can be used in salads. Tops can be blanched like Belgian endive. Excellent storage potential, and can be overwintered for spring harvest, like parsnips. A great crop to diversify your storage root selection. Avg. 9–11" long x 3/4" thick. Also known as black salsify. USDA Certified Organic. Avg. 35,000 seeds/lb. Packet: 100 seeds.


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1/4 Ounce

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1 Ounce

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1/4 Pound

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1 Pound

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5 Pounds

Estimated Availability May 19, 2022
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CULTURE: Scorzonera prefers a deep, friable, well-drained soil. Sow in mid- to late spring in a 2" band about 1" apart (20 seeds/ft.), ½" deep, in rows 18–24" apart. Do not allow soil to dry out prior to emergence. Thin plants to 2–3" apart. Scorzonera seedlings look like grass and are thin and delicate. Do not weed them out!
HARVEST: Dig roots in late fall just before the ground freezes. Flavor is best after several frosts. Roots exude white sap and should be cleaned upon harvest. In mild areas, a portion of the crop may be left in the garden for spring harvest, as scorzonera is cold hardy. Apply a mulch or row cover in cold regions for winter survival insurance. Green tops and flowers can be harvested following overwintering in the second year. Tops can be blanched like Belgian endive.
STORAGE: Overwinter in soil or store in root cellar or refrigerator at 32°F (0°C) and 95% relative humidity.
1 oz./120', 8.3 oz./1,000', 11.5 lb./acre at 20 seeds/ft. in rows 24" apart.
AVG. SEEDS/LB: Avg 36,250.
100 seeds, sows 5'.

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Quick Facts


Latin Name

Scorzonera hispanica

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.

80 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.
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Plants, or seeds harvested from plants, that have been grown without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, strictly adhering to the USDA's National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) organic gardening practices are designated as Organic.

Supplies that meet the USDA's National Organic Program (NOP) rules according to a third-party authority such as OMRI, WSDA, and/or a local authority such as MOFGA or NOFA.

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