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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

Root - raw or cooked[1][2][3][4][5][6]. The young root can be grated in salads[7], older roots are best cooked[8]. The flavour is mild and sweet, and is said to resemble oysters[183, K]. The roots are harvested as required from October until early spring, or can be harvested in late autumn and stored until required[9].

Young shoots - raw or cooked[1][7][3][4][5][10][8]. The new growth is used in spring. A sweet taste[11]. Flowering shoots - raw or cooked[11]. Used like asparagus. Flowers - raw. Added to salads[8]. The sprouted seeds can be added to salads or sandwiches[8].

The root latex is used as a chewing gum[12][13][14][8].

Flowers

Unknown part

Gum

Leaves

Material uses

There are no material uses listed for Tragopogon porrifolius.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

Salsify is a cleansing food with a beneficial effect upon the liver and gallbladder[15]. The root is antibilious, slightly aperient, deobstruent and diuretic[9][16]. It is specific in the treatment of obstructions of the gall bladder and jaundice[17] and is also used in the treatment of arteriosclerosis and high blood pressure[15].

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - sow in situ as early in the year as possible, in March if weather conditions permit[9]. Seed sowings often fail unless the soil is kept moist until the seedlings are growing well[9].

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Cultivation

Succeeds in ordinary garden soils, including heavy clays[9][11]. Plants do not grow well in stony soils[9]. Prefers an open situation[5] and a cool moist root run[18][19].

Salsify is occasionally cultivated in the garden for its edible root[1][6], there are some named varieties[8].

Grows well with mustard[19].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Tragopogon porrifolius. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Tragopogon porrifolius.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Taxonomy
Binomial name
Tragopogon porrifolius
Genus
Tragopogon
Family
Compositae
Imported References
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
5
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
no shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
  • Strong wind
Ecosystems
Native Climate Zones
None listed.
Adapted Climate Zones
None listed.
Native Geographical Range
None listed.
Native Environment
None listed.
Ecosystem Niche
None listed.
Root Zone Tendancy
None listed.
Life
Deciduous or Evergreen
?
Herbaceous or Woody
?
Life Cycle
Growth Rate
?
Mature Size
Fertility
?
Pollinators
Flower Colour
?
Flower Type

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References

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  6. ? 6.06.16.2 Polunin. O. and Huxley. A. Flowers of the Mediterranean. Hogarth Press ISBN 0-7012-0784-1 (1987-00-00)
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  15. ? 15.015.115.2 Chevallier. A. The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants Dorling Kindersley. London ISBN 9-780751-303148 (1996-00-00)
  16. ? 16.016.1 Lust. J. The Herb Book. Bantam books ISBN 0-553-23827-2 (1983-00-00)
  17. ? 17.017.1 Chopra. R. N., Nayar. S. L. and Chopra. I. C. Glossary of Indian Medicinal Plants (Including the Supplement). Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi. (1986-00-00)
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