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Chrysanthemum coronarium 'Shungiku'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Chrysanthemum (kris-AN-the-mum) (Info)
Species: coronarium (kor-oh-NAR-ee-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Shungiku
Additional cultivar information: (aka Komi Shungiku Salada)

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19 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive dhijana On Mar 14, 2013, dhijana from Charlotte, NC wrote:

I grow this wonderful green all winter long here in Charlotte NC in our hoop house. It is a key ingredient in our winter Super Salad mix and our Harmony Gardens customers love the flavor burst it gives the salad mix (as do I).

Positive grownut On Aug 27, 2009, grownut from Clarkson, KY wrote:

This is one of my favorite asian greens. Harvest young when the leaves are tender or it will get bitter. If you aren't expecting the minty flavor it can throw you. I pinch off the youngest leaves as they grow and can get plenty through July if the weather has not been too hot and dry. Treat it much as you would leaf spinach in is great in stir fry and light soups if added at the last minute.

Neutral rebecca101 On Jun 9, 2007, rebecca101 from Madison, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I grew Shungiku one year as an edible - but boy, was it nasty! :-) The leaves were extremely bitter and unpleasant tasting to me. (And I generally do love Asian greens.) It's possible that I harvested them at the wrong time or something though, as I had no idea what I was doing at the time.

However, even after I deemed the plant inedible, I kept it around for the flowers, which were quite pretty. Little, happy bright yellow. The plant grew over 3' tall for me, and was rather floppy and messy looking - best for a wildflower type of garden.

Positive Weezingreens On Dec 3, 2002, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

Edible Chrysanthemum is used in oriental cooking in Japan, China, and Vietnam. It is a leafy plant that grows well in cooler climates, but tends to go to flower in warmer climes. The leaves are finely cut, narrow in some varieties and wider in others. The foliage is silvery green with a strong flavor, so use sparingly. It can be used in stir-fry, steamed, sauteed, & soup. The flowers can be added to salads. Harvest the leaves when the plant is an older seedling.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Los Altos, California
Kensington, Connecticut
Clarkson, Kentucky
Charlotte, North Carolina
Scappoose, Oregon
Summer Lake, Oregon
Spokane, Washington
Walla Walla, Washington
Madison, Wisconsin

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