Jerusalem Artichoke

Helianthus tuberosus

Photo of Jerusalem Artichoke
Photo by Dr. John Meade, weed scientist emeritus
Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension

Jerusalem Artichoke is closely related to sunflower and resembles it. The flower has fewer parts but is yellow. The roots have tubers which are high in inulin starch. The plant was investigated at one time as a source of alcohol. It becomes a formidable enemy in corn and soybean fields.

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  1. Rutgers
  2. Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  3. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences