Tragopogon porrifolius
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Tragopogon porrifolius

oyster plant
vegetable oyster

  family asteraceae 
  genus tragopogon 

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Genus  Tragopogon Species  porrifolius Variety  Cultivar  Common names  salsify   John-go-to-bed-at-noon   oyster plant   vegetable oyster   goatsbeard Family  ASTERACEAE Specimen number  S12032 Data source  MedPl p275;UnVeg p343
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Annual,Perennial Life span    Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  1' - 4' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun Water    Optimal soil texture  Soil texture 26 Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Tragopogon porrifolius does best in full sun.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  hypotensive   antisclerotic Medicinal parts  Root Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  The shoots of this plant as well as the roots and the leaves are all edible. Tragopogon porrifolius is most frequently used cooked or fresh. Salsify (sometimes called John-go-to-bed-at-noon, oyster plant, vegetable oyster and goatsbeard) has been used in traditional herbal healing as either a hypotensive or an antisclerotic. Only the root is used in herbal preparations.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Seed Pollination method    Planting style  Crowns and leaves Crop spacing  5" Row spacing  2' Cold frame  Planting period  Mar 01 - Jul 31 Harvesting period    Frost tolerance  Hardy Heat requirement  Any Fertilizer  Nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium Time to harvest  120 days
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Fresh   Cooked Nutritional value  Edible parts  Shoots   Roots   Leaves Description of edible parts Flavor / texture  has shoots that are like asparagus, roots that have a hint of oyster flavor, and leaves that are tasty cooked or raw
Horticulture notes  The best months for planting new crops are March through July. Typical crop spacing is 5". Space rows about 2' apart. Nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium are all required for optimal growth. Estimated time to harvest is 120 days. Tragopogon porrifolius is typically propagated by seed.
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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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