Crosne, Chinese Artichoke, Stachys affinis
This is an easy to grow edible groundcover, ideal for the forest garden and permaculture! The edible tubers are harvested onece the frost kills the plant, unharvested roots come back in spring. The plant spreads but does not reproduce by seeds. It is a gourmet vegetable used raw and cooked, often in Chinese and Far Eastern recipes.
Chinese artichoke wil grow in sun or part shade and prefers rich soils.
I supply plants grown in pots, which contain more than one plant (the plants are still sent bare-rooted). The picture shows crosne growing together with herb robert also available: https://mountainherbs.net/products/herb-robert-geranium-robertianum?variant=29766906115
The second picture shows an example of my crosne plants, every pot is a bit different though!
Here is a recipe: