Helianthus tuberosus L.
The Jerusalem artichoke can be produced throughout the United States. However, the plant is better adapted to the northern two-thirds of the country than the southern third. Often used for pickling purposes. Fresh tuber tastes like a water chestnut and is used in salads. Tubers can also be cooked like potatoes. The edible portion is the tuber or swollen end of an underground stem, which in some respects resembles a potato. Approximately 5-10 per lb.
- Spacing/Depth: 15–24"/3–5"
- Height/Spread: 8–10'/3–6'
- Hardiness: zones 4-9
- Facts of note: Perennial, produces edible tubers which are good fresh, in salads, boiled or in soups. Plants can be used in some landscape situations making a high hedge in one growing season. Flowers resemble small sunflowers or large daisies. Ripens in late fall.
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