Looks like a giant celery plant with toothed compound leaves, greenish-yellow umbelliferous flowers and small oval seeds. A dramatic architectural element for an edible border; attracts beneficial insects. Glossy green leaves have a strong celery taste and can be used to flavor soups, stews and casseroles. Crush seeds and add to bread and pastries; candy the stems and roots into a sweet medicinal syrup that is said to restore the appetite and revive the love of life.
Second-year plants are best for drying. Formerly used to mask the bitter herbs in medicinal concoctions. Pregnant women avoid.
Makes a dramatic architectural element in a decorative deliciously scented border. Plant 24–36" apart in full sun to part shade in rich moist well-drained soil. MOFGA-certified organic, grown at Ripley Farm. Z3. Maine Grown. (bare-root crowns)
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These plants have long histories of traditional medicinal use. It’s up to you to educate yourself about the safety and efficacy of using plants for medicinal purposes. The statements in our catalog regarding traditional medicinal uses of plants have not been evaluated by the FDA. The plants we sell are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Plants may take a year or more to establish before they flower; roots often take several years to reach harvestable maturity.
When you receive your order, open the bags and check the stock. Roots and crowns should be firm and pliable. If they are slightly dry, add a little water or, if they are going to be potted up soon, wet the roots. Generally, a little surface mold is harmless and will not affect the plant’s future performance. If you cannot pot them up immediately, store them in a cool (35–40°) location for a short time.
Do not plant bare-root perennial plant crowns directly outdoors.
Pot up the rootstock using well-drained potting mix in a deep 6" pot or a 1-gallon container. Avoid coiling the roots in under-sized containers. Grow newly potted perennials for a few weeks in a protected location in indirect light at 50–60°. Wet and/or cold conditions for an extended period may cause rotting. Transplant outside once they show some top growth and the danger of frost has passed.