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Scorzonera hispanica

Black Salsify

Hardy Biennial

Outstanding flavour and held in high regard by French chefs. Often used as a companion plant as it is thought to repel Carrot Fly. A good source of Vitamin C and potassium.

Ideal For:
kitchen garden
Flowering Period:
May, June, July
Sowing Months:
April, May
full sun
    • 1 packet (150 scorzonera seeds)

    • Despatch: Within 1 days
    • £2.49 £0.99
Sow where they are to grow in April/May in drills 12mm (0.5in) deep, 30cm (12in) apart. Keep well watered and weed free.

Harvest from October onwards, taking care NOT to snap the roots as you lift them. Leave in the ground until required or lift and store in sand. Days to maturity: 85.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes etc are delivered at the appropriate time for planting and will be stated on the product page or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

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  1. Is this what it says it is?

    By Helen Holly 23-06-2015

    The Scorzonera is a perennial plant. The fact this is labelled as biennial implies that it might be the more common Salsify- Tragopogon porrifolius with purple flowers which is only a biennial and which is eaten in the first year rather than left to bulk up for a few years as is the yellow flowered Sconzonera. Difficult to tell from the roots shown. Which is it Thompson and Morgan?


    Thank you for your review. After speaking with our resident Horticulturist, they have advised that both our Salsify ( off white/cream brown skinned roots Tragopogon porrifolius) and Scorzonera ( Black Salsify ) (Scorzonera hispanica) are sown and grown as annuals by many gardeners to lift the roots through autumn and winter similarly as parsnips, and they are both biennials flowering in the second year. I hope this information helps. If you do have any further queries, please feel free to contact our Customer Care department at

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