‘Greek Common Salsify’

Salsify / Salsifis / Λαγόχορτο


Common Name: Salsify / Salsifis / Λαγόχορτο

Scientific Name: Tragopogon porrifolius


Plant’s cycle: Biennial

Light Requirement: it cannot grow in the shade.

Soil type: all soils. Can tolerate strong winds but not maritime exposure.

Sowing in nursery: -

Direct Planting: early Spring

Germination: 10 days after sowing

Harvest:  120 days after sowing

Spacing: 10cm/25cm/1cm deep  


Flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)

Pollination: Insects

Plant is self-fertile

Seed preservation: 4 years


Edible Parts: Flowers; Leaves; Root; Seed; Stem.

Medicine: Antibilious;  Aperient;  Deobstruent;  Diuretic.

Salsify is a cleansing food with a beneficial effect upon the liver and gallbladder. The root is antibilious, slightly aperient, deobstruent and diuretic. It is specific in the treatment of obstructions of the gall bladder and jaundice and is also used in the treatment of arteriosclerosis and high blood pressure.