Chinese Artichoke/Artichoke Betony (Stachys affinis) 甘露子/草石蠶
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.
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It looks like a grub lol
Yes, these tubers look like white grubs! 🙂
Interesting and I want to try this.
You can ask local nurseries if they do carry the stock. Otherwise also shopping on line or seed and bulb trade with gardeners! 🙂
Looks very interesting. This is the first time I see this vegetable. The flowers are very beautiful 🙂
I think so, too! 🙂
I once.had these in a pricey restaurant. They’re crunchy.
Thanks for introducing this new plant to me
You are welcome! It is always fun to see more interesting plants available! 🙂