Growing Salsify - Knowledgebase Question

Alameda, AB
Question by Metalord
September 27, 1998
Salsify grows well in the Northeast part of the U.S. but I was wondering if the climate here in the San Francisco area was not quite cool enough for this Autumn and early Spring root plant to grow.

Answer from NGA
September 27, 1998


Salsify is a hardy biennial that will grow well in the San Francisco area. The plant grows to 4 feet tall with grasslike, narrow leaves. Give it rich, deep, sandy soil in a sunny garden spot. Salsify will take 150 days to grow to maturity. Harvest the root at the end of the season. If allowed to overwinter, the plant will produce a flower stalk topped with a large head of lavender-purple flowers.

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