General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Grass/Grass-like
Life cycle: Biennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6a -23.3 °C (-10 °F) to -20.6 °C (-5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 2 feet to 4 feet
Plant Spread: 12 inches
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Vegetable
Salad greens
Edible Parts: Leaves
Roots
Eating Methods: Raw
Cooked
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots

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Common names
  • Salsify
  • Oysterplant
  • Purple Goatsbeard
  • Vegetable Oyster Plant
  • Wild Quinine

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Location: My garden in Belgium
Date: 2011-07-31
Location: Botanical garden of Crete
Date: 2022-05-28
Location: Hamilton Square Garden, Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento CA.
Date: 2016-04-13
Zone 9b.
Location: Hamilton Square Garden, Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento CA.
Date: 2016-04-03
Zone 9b.

Photo courtesy of: Jose Vicente Ferrandez

Date: 2012-06-03
Photo by Sarah Stierch
Location: Botanical Garden Delft (The Netherlands)
Date: 2016-07-16
Location: Botanical garden of Crete
Location: Hamilton Square Garden, Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento CA.
Date: 2016-04-03
Zone 9b.

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