Chinese Artichoke/Artichoke Betony (Stachys affinis) 甘露子/草石蠶

Chinese Artichoke/Artichoke Betony (Stachys affinis) 甘露子/草石蠶

Chinese Artichoke/Artichoke Betony flowers.  (Stachys affinis) 甘露子/草石蠶開的花

Chinese Artichoke/Artichoke Betony flowers. (Stachys affinis) 甘露子/草石蠶開的花

Chinese Artichoke/Artichoke Betony flowers. (Stachys affinis) 甘露子/草石蠶開的花

Chinese Artichoke/Artichoke Betony flowers. (Stachys affinis) 甘露子/草石蠶開的花

Chinese Artichoke/Artichoke Betony edible tubers. (Stachys affinis) 甘露子/草石蠶可食用的塊根.

Chinese Artichoke/Artichoke Betony edible tubers. (Stachys affinis) 甘露子/草石蠶可食用的塊根.

Chinese Artichoke/Artichoke Betony tubers turn green and grow shoots. (Stachys affinis) 甘露子/草石蠶球根轉綠後長出新芽.

Chinese Artichoke/Artichoke Betony tubers turn green and grow shoots. (Stachys affinis) 甘露子/草石蠶球根轉綠後長出新芽.

Chinese Artichoke/Artichoke Betony tubers now have leaves. (Stachys affinis) 甘露子/草石蠶球根轉綠後長出葉片.

Chinese Artichoke/Artichoke Betony tubers now have leaves. (Stachys affinis) 甘露子/草石蠶球根轉綠後長出葉片.

Very interesting vegetable!  This is an odd looking root vegetable and it is  a hardy perennial!  Yes, the edible roots/tubers/rhizomes do look like jade beads or worm like shape.  Very hardy and easy to grow.  Normally propagate by roots/rhizomes or dividing the plant clumps.  The texture and flavour is similar to Jerusalem artichoke.  But often prepared as pickle as side dish or garnish.  Small pink-purplish flowers in mid-late summer.  Best to grow it in full sun location.  USDA Zones:5-9.   Mature size: 1′-1.5′(H) x 6″(W).  Medicinal herb.

很有意思的植物!  這是有著毛蟲或螺螄或珠串形狀球根的地下根莖類蔬菜.  非常強健易於栽種.  一般是以如圖的小球根來繁殖,但也可用種子或分株來繁殖. 吃起來像是菊芋般的口感. 通常以醬菜的形式或是當作菜餚上的擺飾點綴.  夏天在直立的花串上開紫色小花.  全日照栽培為佳.  耐寒性佳.  成熟植株高1呎到1呎半,寬幅約6吋.  藥用植物.

Reference links: 參考資料網站連結:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stachys_affinis

http://www.dianshu119.com/index.php?doc-view-444.html

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