Category: Bulbs Edible Fruits and Nuts Vegetables Herbs
Height: 24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
Spacing: 18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
Hardiness: USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F) USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F) USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
Sun Exposure: Sun to Partial Shade Light Shade
Danger: Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Bloom Color: Pale Pink Pink
Bloom Time: Mid Summer Late Summer/Early Fall Mid Fall Late Fall/Early Winter
Foliage: Grown for foliage Herbaceous Variegated Smooth-Textured
Other details: Flowers are fragrant 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)
On Apr 7, 2012, nifty413 from Garland, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
My understanding of this particular cultivar ('Dancing Crane' – synonymous with 'Nakafu') is that it originated in Japan from Gotemba nursery. The leaves should have brightly contrasting CENTRAL white variegation, as opposed to variegation appearing mainly near their edges. I only see a couple of photos presently in this PlantFiles entry which appear to be consistent with the aforementioned description.
I have recently planted this cultivar, and hope to be able to upload photos in the near future.
Edited to add: This is merely conjecture, but as I try to better comprehend the Japanese language, it would seem logical that the cultivar name might have originally been 'Shiro Nakafu' which I think would translate to "white-center(ed)."
I really want to plant some Myoga in my backyard!
I used to have it in my backyard when i was growing up in Japan. (Saitama Pref.)
No luck finding seller.
Anybody know where I can buy roots in the USA?
I just love it sliced in my Miso-soup!
O, Myoga is great as Tempura too!!
On Aug 1, 2010, Olroy from Barbourville, KY wrote:
Live on a farm in SE Ky ( Hillbilly). recieved some plants from Japanese friend ( I spent 11 yrs in Japan during my 21 years in Navy). Planted them here and about on the farm. Grew best planted on the North side of structure, easy to grow, I just throw some manure or left over fertilizer on them in the fall, Crop gets bigger every year, you will need to pull the weeds out of them in late spring, and pick them about 1st Aug. this location. Does anyone know how to store them. They just last a couple of weeks for me.Olroy
On May 13, 2008, tommytightloop from East Hampton, NY wrote:
While the the immature flower buds have been used extensively for years in Japanese cuisine, it is important to remember that the rhizomes and mature plant leaves are actually quite toxic and incomplete research indicates potential carcinogenic and anti-carcinogenic properties, therefore, use for food should be undertaken after consulting an experienced user.
On Sep 3, 2006, dorianred from Sherman Oaks, CA wrote:
The Japanese people plant Myoga Ginger primarily for its tasty plump buds emerging to the ground close to the stems during the summer through early fall. Ideally, they should be harvested before they bloom. Young shoots are also edible. Myoga is very easy to grow here in Southern California. May become invasive. Slugs and snails leave them alone.
On Feb 5, 2005, GardenGuyKin from Portland, OR (Zone 8a) wrote:
Wonderful Hardy Japanese ginger. Very unique foliage plant with white centered leaves. Grows about 16" tall in my garden with only part sun. This ginger requires frequent watering during hot summer months. Best if placed in garden with some shelter, strong winds can topple and break stalks.
On Nov 8, 2003, Michaelp from Orange Springs, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:
this is a beautiful plant--but I have had a hard time growing it--edible,flowers and new shoots--light yellow flowers,eaten in tempura--new shoots used as a garnish--supposed to be a verry hardy species,even grown in parts of Canada--[it could be that my Florida swamp with it's either too wet or totally dry sugar sand and man-eating bugs,and no top soil is a chalange for it]---
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Smiths, Alabama Los Angeles, California Beverly Hills, Florida Deltona, Florida Manasota Key, Florida Berkeley Lake, Georgia Bloomington, Indiana Barbourville, Kentucky Sulphur, Louisiana Kemp Mill, Maryland East Hampton, New York Elizabeth City, North Carolina Springboro, Ohio Salem, Oregon East Providence, Rhode Island Parris Island, South Carolina Kenmore, Washington Sammamish, Washington