Growing Black Salsify

Organic Vegetable Gardening
Fact Sheet

Botanical name:  Scorzonera hispanica



Black Salsify

Black Salsify Plant

Planting time: SP,FA
Seeds per ounce: 1900
Ounces per square foot: .09 per 100sqft
Minimum legal germination rate: 75%
Germination type:

Long Germination


The Black Salsify is a hardy perennial with yellow ray flowers. Roots can be eaten and the leaves can be used as fresh greens for salads.

The thin black taproot grows up to one 3 feet long and up to 3/4" in diameter. The root has a black skin with white internal flesh. In many organic gardens it's replacing a very similar crop called Salsify, because it’s roots tend to be longer, smoother, less fibrous, and of a finer texture.

Black Salsify prefers deep, well drained soils. Deeper soils promote long, straight roots with few deformities.



In garden spacing (inches): 3  
In flat spacing (inches): 1  
Planting depth (inches): 1/8
Maximum number of plants per square foot: 25
Nutrient relationship:: Light Feeder



Days to maturity: 119
Harvesting period (days): 28
Minimum yields in pounds /square foot: 1


Diseases: Root Knot, Soft Rot.
Insect pests:(Insect Pest Finder) Bean Aphid, Carrot Rust Fly, Eastern Field Wireworm, Green Peach Aphid, Pea Aphid


No varieties are recorded under culture. This is an armature breeder opportunity!


Organic Gardening Seed and Plant Sources:


Return to Organic Gardening Vegetables from Growing Black Salsify