Hardy perennial, also known as King’s Spear and Junker Lily, native to the Mediterranean, northern Africa and the Caucasus. Leaves form a rosette with tall stems of starry fragrant yellow flowers appearing in late spring. The roots were highly valued by the Ancient Greeks who roasted them like potatoes and ate them with salt and oil or mashed them with figs. The roots are not very thick but are abundantly produced and apparently have a nice nutty flavour, though I haven’t tried them yet myself. They can be harvested at any time of the year, but are best used when the plant is dormant in late summer and early autumn. The young shoots and flowers can also be used in salads. Sun to part shade, wide range of soil types . Height to 1m.
9cm pot. Certified organic plant.
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