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SKU L558

Smallanthus sonchifolius

Yacon is a perennial plant grown in the mid-elevation Andes for its crisp, sweet-tasting tuberous root; delicious eaten fresh. The texture and flavor is a cross between a fresh apple, watermelon and celery. Above ground, the plant looks like a sunflower.

In Northern areas, plant after the last frost and harvest after the first few frosts have caused the tops to die back. While usable-sized tubers develop fairly early, they taste much sweeter after some frost. Yacon has two types of tubers: the deeper growing edible storage tubers and the much smaller edible propagation tubers which grow just under the soil surface. Delicious eaten fresh, baked, steamed, or squeezed for juice. Very easy to grow and harvest when grown in large pots. Sold in a 4" pot.

USDA Zone: 5-9

Grow Height:  5'- 8' 

Sun: Full Sun

Ripening Time: N/A

Pollination: N/A

Read our Tuber Growing Guide

Size: 4" Pot


Ask a Question
  • What is the difference between this and a sunchoke? So far, these appear smoother....

    They are completely different plants, though they exist in the same family (Asteraceae) they are not in the same genus or species. Yacon tends to be sweeter in flavor and smoother in texture.

  • Would these be unattractive to deer? Always looking for deer-resistant veggies…

    The vegetation itself may be edible for deer, but the tubers (the part YOU eat) should be left alone.

  • How many Yacon tubers come with an order $16.99 pot?

    1 tuber per pot.

Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Cathy F.
Yacon Plants arrived in Poor condition

I opened the box immediately upon arrival. The Yacon were in poor condition because the soil in the pots was totally dry. I had to remove many wilted leaves and then douse the plants with water immediately. Thankfully, they seem to be coming back to health. But that shipment was very stressful for them.

Yacon order

My plants arrived in great shape and right when expected. Will definitely order again.

Katherine C.
Keep alive

Purchase two yacon one was in excellent condition the other was withered working to keep it alive keeping my fingers crossed

Finnian C.
Excellent and great quality

I ordered some yacon plants that are temperature sensitive. They arrived in excellent condition and have established themselves nicely in my garden. Definitely recommend

Small but thriving

plant was maybe 4in tall when received with a couple of small tubers. will be planting in ground shortly after temp warms up a bit.