Monday, September 26, 2016

Oy!

These are some variety of Jerusalem artichoke, I believe. They're related to sunflowers, but with a much smaller flower head. They do grow tall, however. They bloom in late summer and early fall, so now is the time!

These bright yellow blooms are very autumnal.

A number of years ago, one of our neighbors was having these pulled out of her flower garden, so I asked her if I could have some. The tubers transplant very easily and these things will take over (which is why she was ripping them out). I now have them in four places around the property. They're pretty low maintenance and don't require watering beyond what rain they get (unless it doesn't rain at all, then some watering helps).

4 comments:

  1. And you can eat the tubers....
    a very good way of controlling the plant!

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  2. Lovely! Yes, the tubers are good too.

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  3. Oi, indeed. You vant yellow ?!

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  4. tim, christine, I'm not sure this variety has tubers worth eating. They're pretty small and narrow.

    stuart, I'm all verklempt! Tawk amongst yourselves. I'll give you a topic: the Jerusalem artichoke is neither from Jerusalem nor an artichoke. Discuss.

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