Salsify - Knowledgebase Question

Doniphan, MO
Question by ghwhite
May 1, 1999
I live in south Missouri about 12 miles from the Arkansas line. Can I leave salsify in the ground during the winter and pull just the plants that I need to eat that day?


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Answer from NGA
May 1, 1999

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Salsify, or Oyster Plant, is a hardy biennial that can be left in the ground over winter. During its second spring it will produce a flower stalk topeed by a large head of lavender purple flowers. Harvest your salsify before the flower stem emerges or the root will begin to shrivel and lose flavor.

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