Latin Name: Helianthus tuberosus
Facts about Jerusalem Artichoke:
Perennial Sunflower native to North America
Sun Exposure: Prefers partial shade/full sun.
Grows up to 5-10 feet tall and blooms in the fall.
The tubers are edible and delicious. They can be cooked like potatoes or eaten raw. Harvesting after the first frost will give a sweeter taste.
Since it does spread aggressively, it requires a large space and a forever home.
Attracts butterflies and bees as well as beneficial insects and birds.
As stated previously, this plant was used in agriculture since the tubers of the plant are edible.
This plant can also be used as a trapping plant for aphids. A trapper plant is a plant used in Integrative Pest Management where a more desirable plant can be used to trap targeted pest.