Mammoth Sandwich Island Salsify is a biennial root vegetable belonging to the dandelion family, salsify is also known as the oyster plant because of its similar taste when cooked.
Mammoth Sandwich Island is cultivated for its ornamental purple flowers and umami-flavored root. The root is similar in appearance to a long, thin parsnip, with creamy white flesh and a thick skin.
The 8 - 9” tapered roots of Salsify have a flavor similar to oysters earning them their nickname. This variety will overwinter, and has the most lovely flowers!
Name: Mammoth Sandwich Island Salsify Other Common Names: Vegetable Oyster Scientific Name: Tragopogon Color: White Plant Seeds: Outdoors After Frost / Indoors Weeks Before Last Frost Harvest: 120 Days Plant Height: 24 - 36" Plant Spacing: 12 - 15" Light Requirements: Sun Soil & Water Preferences: Average Vegetable Size 8" - 10" Long, 1.5" Diameter Days to Germinate: 7-21days to Harvest: 150 Germination Rate: 85% Lifespan: Biennial