Macrobiotic root vegetable used in oriental cuisine, medicinal.
This bi-annual plant is easy to grow . The first year roots are dug and used as a root vegetable in macrobiotic and oriental cooking.It helps loosen subsoil with its long taproot bringing up minerals . It has anti - tumor medicinal qualities and build and cleans blood among other uses. The seed also is used medicinally.
It is an easy to care for plant with big elephant ear leaves . When it flowers the following year, it attracks many benificials. The seed pods are big burs much like the wild burdock only larger. The plant too is much larger reaching 7 feet tall and 4 foot wide.
Foliage:large leaves shaped like elephant ears with silver undersides
Fruit:seed pod prickly with about 1/2 teasoon of seed in each pod
Lifecycle:0 (0: N/A, 1: annual, 2: perennial, 3: biennial)
USDA Zones:7 to
Propagation / Germination:easy
Spacing:6 foot for seed 2 foot for roots
Water:water when dry. Drought tolerant.
Pests and Diseases:none