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Scorzonera hispanica
  • Hardy to Zone 5
  • Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Germination Tested November 15, 2023: 90%
  • Approximately 30-40 seeds per packet
Regular price $5.00 CAD
Regular price Sale price $5.00 CAD
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Black Salsify is a perennial vegetable with edible roots, leaves, and flowers. It’s a workhorse in the garden! The leaves can be harvested lightly in their first season, and then the roots harvested in the fall. Or let the plants overwinter and harvest even larger roots the following fall.

The roots are delicious! Peel and slice the roots, then steam and pan-sear. They taste like tender new potatoes with the creamy texture of a sweet potato. The skin can be a bit bitter so make sure to peel. I can see Black Salsify easily fitting into many different recipes- try using in place of potatoes.

I am very impressed with the massive roots it grows, and its ability to grow straight down into heavy clay soils! I was awestruck with the thick, gnarly roots when I dug the first one up. I’ll be using these similar to tillage (daikon) radishes in my garden for loosening up compact soils. And of course eating them!

Black Salsify is an excellent choice for a perennial permaculture garden.

Growing Instructions

Growing instructions: Ensure your soil is deep and fluffy. Direct sow outside as soon as soil can be worked in the spring. Seeds will emerge in a few weeks. Space a 4-6 inches apart. Harvest from fall onwards.

Shipping & Returns

We ship seeds within Canada for a flat fee of $6, United States for $25, and internationally for $25*. Live plants and bulbs can only be shipped within Canada.


Shipping in Canada 

We ship seeds in Canada via regular letter mail, which is an untracked service, and usually takes 1-2 weeks to arrive. Larger bulbs and plants are sent via tracked flat rate box.


Shipping to the US

We ship all US orders by tracked packet and they usually take two weeks to arrive.

According to the USDA, most seeds require an import permit to be brought into the US and the permit is free and useable for multiple orders/years. The package will list the contents as "Garden Seeds". In our experience shipping seeds over several years, most small orders will make it across the border without issues, but occasionally they will be held at US Customs. 

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the required import permit and Cicada Seeds will not be responsible for any orders held or confiscated by US customs.


Shipping Internationally

International orders are usually shipped via untracked packet. The package will list the contents as "Garden Seeds". It is your responsibility to ensure you have the required import permit and Cicada Seeds will not be responsible for any orders held of confiscated by customs.

International shipping countries include: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom


If you have any issues with the quality of your order, please contact us within 60 days and we will make it right!

*Shipping fees are in Canadian dollars. 

Ecologically Grown

Seeds are grown ecologically without the use of chemical pesticides or fertilizers.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Barbara Van Der Vlugt

Looking forward to planting, my mom used to cook salsify when I was a youngster.