Full Sun to part shade. Native sunflower with edible tubers. Exceptionally productive white variety.
Native sunflower species with large nutritious tubers. Very easy to grow (hard to get rid of!) and productive. High in inulin, making them an excellent choice for diabetics. Raw, they are crunchy and juicy with a faint sunflower-seed flavor. Cooked they are like a watery potato. A friend once pickled them and they were fabulous! Can be harvested all winter so long as you can dig a hole. Herbaceous perennial–dies to the ground each winter but gets going fast and furious in late spring. Tall, rough stems can get 8′ tall or more with clusters of small yellow sunflower-like blossoms in the fall. Makes plenty of biomass–might be good for hay, bedding, or mulch. Will self-seed readily–beware as they have a notorious reputation for being hard to get rid of. We recommend planting them in an out-of-the-way place you can mow around or you don’t mind them spreading in. Pigs will root them up to eat the tubers in the fall.
Also from Oikos, exceptionally productive white-skinned variety that has an interesting “fractal-like” form to the tubers. They are very lumpy and convoluted, making them much harder to clean than ‘Smooth Red’. . North American native plant.
Quart pots $6, Gallon* pots $12
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