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Tragopogon porrifolius

Tragopogon porrifolius

purple salsify

Common name purple salsify
Family asteraceae
Life cycle biennial
Flowers lavender (May)
Light sun-part shade
From seed germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripensmid-June

Raised from traded seed labeled "Tragopogon croculifolia", I'm pretty sure this is instead purple salsify - a wildflower with culinary uses. Not exactly suitable for the tidy perennial border, with its lanky upright growth, but welcome in messier beds. Probably biennial - our plants made nice healthy clumps in their first year, and sent up their flowerstalks in May of the following year. We'll see if it chooses to self-seed.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '06 trade. Baggy 70F (90%G, 4-9d)

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