Armoracia rusticana

Scientific name: Armoracia rusticana


Common names: “Horse radish”

Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial


Zone: 4-9

Light: Full sun

Exposure: Exposed or sheltered

Soil: Fertile organically rich soil best for largest roots

Moisture: Moist well drained


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Plant Size: 2-3′ H & W

Leaf and Stem shape: Large fragrant leaves with prominent veins

Flower: Small insignificant white flowersImage result for armoracia rusticana

Maintenance: Low, plant root cuttings in the spring and harvest roots in the fall, can be left alone but roots will become woody and less useful for harvest, plant in a corner where it will not grow into other plants, can be difficult to remove as it will regrow from tiny root pieces, best to leave the leaves overwinter to protect the roots

Landscape use: Herb garden, vegetable garden

Propagate: By root cuttings, rarely produce viable seed

Pests & Disease: Insects, slugs and snails will eat the leaves but usually don’t attack the root crop

Comments: Easy to grow and propagate, its finding a use for all the horseradish root that becomes difficult, can be very spicy, good for crowding out weeds

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