This is closely related to the Salsafy and belongs to the same family (Composite), but may be distinguished by the blackish skin of its tap roots, by its broader lance-shaped oblong and pointed leaves, and by its bright-yellow flower heads.

Scorzonera (Scorzonera hispanica).

Fig. 515. - Scorzonera (Scorzonera hispanica).

Although really a perennial plant, it is cultivated as an annual crop in the same way as the Salsafy. Being a hardier plant than Salsafy, the roots may be left in the soil in winter if necessary. Besides the ordinary variety, there is a large-rooted one called the "Giant Russian".