Crosne, Chinese Artichoke, Stachys affinis, plant


Crosne is now available online at our Food Forest Plants Nursery:


This is an easy to grow edible groundcover, ideal for the forest garden and permaculture! The edible tubers are harvested once the frost kills the plant, unharvested roots come back in spring. The plant spreads but does not reproduce by seeds. It is a gourmet vegetable used raw and cooked, often in Chinese and Far Eastern recipes. I really like it stir fried and it looks great for a dinner party.

Chinese artichoke wil grow in sun or part shade and prefers rich soils.

I supply plants grown in pots, which contain more than one plant (the plants are still sent bare-rooted). The picture shows crosne growing together with herb robert also available:

The second picture shows an example of my crosne plants, every pot is a bit different though!

Here is a recipe:

Family: Caryophyllaceae

Height + Width:

Frost Hardiness: Hardy in Katoomba




Country of Origin: Eastern Cape of South Africa


Common names: African Dream Root, Undlela Ziimhlophe (White Ways/Paths), Ubulawu



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