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PlantFiles: Mustard
Brassica juncea 'Southern Giant Curled'

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Brassica (BRAS-ee-ka) (Info)
Species: juncea (JUN-kee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Southern Giant Curled
Additional cultivar information: (aka Ostrich Plume)

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

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

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

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

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Sherilou On Apr 17, 2013, Sherilou from Panhandle Gulf Coast, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I pick the delicious leaves before they get huge. Southern Giant Curled Mustard adds a wonderful flavor and spice to stir fries, Asian soups and curries. It grows fast, so it "out runs" the bugs. It's so much better than mustards from the grocery store and it's really easy to grow.

Positive Farmerdill On Oct 30, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This has been my favorite mustard cultivar for nigh on to 70 years. It has large curled/frilly leaves which are very tender and moderately pungent. It will not stand temperature where the ground freezes but tolerates temperatures into the 2o's F. Grows well and tastes good, what more could one ask?


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

Haleyville, Alabama
Jonesboro, Arkansas
Sunol, California
Winters, California
Panama City, Florida
Augusta, Georgia
Flemington, New Jersey
Wayne, New Jersey
Vinton, Ohio
Collinwood, Tennessee
Radford, Virginia
Troy, Virginia

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