Salsify, Tragopogon porrifolius

Tragopogon porrifolius

Salsify

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Tragopogon porrifolius
  • Common name: Salsify
  • Family: Asteraceae
  • Plant Type: Biennial
Flower colour:

Purple

Foliage colour:

Blue​/​Green

Salsify, Tragopogon porrifolius, is a fabulous plant to have in the garden. This hardy biennial not only looks good, bearing purple, starry flowers from spring to autumn, but is also edible and good for wildlife. Typically it’s the roots that are eaten, which are said to have an oyster-like flavour, but the young shoots and flowers are edible too, and are often added to salads.

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Try growing Tragopogon porrifolius in your veg beds and plots to give them a more ornamental look. It also looks wonderful growing in gravel gardens and meadows, where it will gently self-seed.

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For best results, grow Tragopogon porrifolius in full sun, in moist, deep, well-drained soil. Either sow the seeds with bottom heat from late winter to early spring, or direct sow them where they are to flower in spring.

How to grow Tragopogon porrifolius

  • Plant size

    100cm height

    40cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Middle

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sow
Sow

Do not Sow in January

Do Sow in February

Do Sow in March

Do Sow in April

Do not Sow in May

Do not Sow in June

Do not Sow in July

Do not Sow in August

Do not Sow in September

Do not Sow in October

Do not Sow in November

Do not Sow in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Collect seeds
Collect seeds

Do not Collect seeds in January

Do not Collect seeds in February

Do not Collect seeds in March

Do not Collect seeds in April

Do not Collect seeds in May

Do not Collect seeds in June

Do not Collect seeds in July

Do Collect seeds in August

Do Collect seeds in September

Do Collect seeds in October

Do not Collect seeds in November

Do not Collect seeds in December

Tragopogon porrifolius and wildlife

Tragopogon porrifolius is known for attracting bees. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Does not attract Butterflies​/​Moths

Does not attract Other pollinators

Is Tragopogon porrifolius poisonous?

Tragopogon porrifolius has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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