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Stachys affinis

Chinese artichoke

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Features

  • Height0.3m to 0.45m
  • Growth HabitBranched clump
  • Flower ColourWhite, pale red
  • Leaf ColourGrey

Description

Stachys affinis (Chinese artichoke). This is an upright perennial. The leaves are oval to rounded, with white or pale red flowers, and the tubers produced are the edible part of the plant.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Vegetable

Origin

E. Asia - China, Japan

Interest and use

Culinary

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Light, Medium, Low salinity
  • Soil pH5.5 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist or Dry

Cultivation

They prefer well-drained, moderately fertile soil in full sun. You can propagate from seed or cuttings or by division. Harvesting may start in Mid autumn.

Propagation

You can propagate from seed or cuttings or by division.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Slugs and powdery mildew.

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