Crosnes, also known as Crosnes Chinese Artichoke and pronounced as krones is an attractive hardy perennial that produces small, artichoke flavored tubers which are delicious in salads and stir-frys. Easily grown in the garden or flower bed, plant the tubers 3″ apart and harvest like potatoes in the fall.
Latin Name: Stachys affinis
Site and Soil: Crosnes like sun and well drained, moist soil.
Hardiness: Crosnes can be grown where temperatures drop to minus 20° F or below, or grow it as an annual and replant tubers in the spring.
Bearing Age: Year of planting
Size at Maturity: 18-24″ in height.
Ripening Time: Fall
Yield: 1 lb.
Pests & Diseases: Crosnes are not bothered by pests or diseases. Protect tubers from gophers and mice.
USDA Zone: 5
Sunset Western Zone: Not listed
Sunset Northeast Zone: Not listed