5620 - Good King Henry is a perennial herb. The succulent young leaves and flowering stems can be either eaten in salads or cooked like spinach. The seed can be ground and mixed with flour then used in making bread. Known as 'poor man's asparagus', the growing shoots can be tie together in bundles, cooked and eaten like asparagus. Considered to be a gourmet food, young flower buds can be sautéed in butter.
To get an early start, sow in early spring into seed trays, 12mm (½in) deep cover with vermiculite and plant out in late spring 25cm (10in) apart when they are large enough to handle. Once established Good King Henry does not respond well to transplantation, so transplant seedlings while still quite small, once they have grown their first two true leaves into individual pots, and plant out into their permanent positions after the last expected frosts.