Nodding Onion Gardens

Native Plant Nursery

Where Wildflowers Grow

Columbia Station, Ohio, USA


Helianthus tuberosus  - Jerusalem artichoke

Ohio Native Plant - Natural Range

Helianthus tuberosus

To view the natural range of Jerusalem artichoke the visit the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service website 

Wildlife Significance - Helianthus tuberosus 

Pollen/Nectar - Bees: bumblebees, cuckoo bees, digger bees, leaf-cutting bees, Halictid bees, and Andrenid bees.

Specialist Pollinators (oligoleges only pollinates one plant species) -  Native Sunflowers: digger bee, some Andrenid bees, a dagger bee  and a Halictid bee.

Visited buy other insects -Illinois Wildflower site - Moth List and Insect List

Host Plant - Caterpillars of the Painted Lady, Silvery and Gorgone Checkerspot butterfly, Arge & Ruby Tiger Moth

Food For Wildlife
- Squirrels, seed for:birds, Illinois Wildflower Site Bird List

For detailed information on Jerusalem Artichoke visit the Illinois Wildflower website

Helianthus tuberosus  - Jerusalem artichoke sign
Helianthus tuberosus
Helianthus tuberosus
Jerusalem artichoke

Cultivation Information

Jerusalem artichoke

2 to 8 ft
Flower Color
-  Yellow
Blooms - August - October
Soil -
Sun - Full to part sun

Hardy Zone -

Family - Asteraceae

Our experience - I have been raising Jerusalem artichokes on the north side of our house for 5 years. They really didn't do very much until they were moved into a sunny location. Consequently, we will not be offering this native plant at our markets.

Propagation Notes 

Jerusalem artichoke

 The Jerusalem artichoke tubers that Lilly so gracious gave me were planted and left undisturbed for two years. See our blog post for the full story. Nodding Onion Garden's Blog post Unexpected Challeges of Preparing Helianthus tuberosus for market

Plant Provenance - Lilly Murphy, Lakewood, Ohio, USA 2014 -  Nodding Onion Gardens 2015 - present