Jerusalem Artichoke


Also called Sunroot

  • Helianthus tuberosus
  • Yellow flowers are yellow rays with a yellow-orange disc in the centre
  • Leaves are long and wide tapering to a point at the tip
  • Bears large elongated potato-like tubers
  • Member of the sunflower family
  • Bloom Time: October


1-3 m

15-25 cm

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Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Jerusalem artichoke is best grown in fertile, sandy loam or well-drained river bottoms, where the tubers are easier to dig. Generally, soils suitable for potato production are suitable for Jerusalem artichoke.

Additional Notes about Jerusalem Artichoke:

Native to Ontario

Native Americans used this plant as a food source and traded it with other tribes in other regions. The tubers persist for several years after being planted. 

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