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Rudbeckia laciniata - Sochan, Cutleaf Coneflower
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A native, perennial parsley substitute!
Found along stream edges and floodplains. Seeds are food for finches and other birds, but Sochan is also an edible perennial for humans!
The early spring is a choice time to harvest and eat raw. Young shoots have a mild, pleasant sweet parsley taste with a celery-like crispness to the stalk. The Cherokee would boil the leaves briefly then fry and season in oil. Sochan is claimed to compare nutritionally to kale. Pfaf.org
Grows in full-part sun in medium to moist soil. Adaptable. Height 4-8’ up to 3’ wide
Flower time: July-Sept Juglone tolerant. Moderate deer resistance. 1.5pt pot
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Fernwey Native Nursery is an urban homestead located in Elizabethtown, PA. Pickups can be made here at the nursery or at one of the market + events dates and locations listed. Please specify on the checkout page when and where you plan to pick up. Orders placed will not be available for same day pick up. If picking up from the nursery, you will receive an email to schedule your pick up.