Photo by Melody

PlantFiles: Mitsu-ba, Japanese Honeywort, Japanese Parsley
Cryptotaenia japonica

Family: Apiaceae (ay-pee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cryptotaenia (krip-toh-TEE-nee-uh) (Info)
Species: japonica (juh-PON-ih-kuh) (Info)

One vendor has this plant for sale.

4 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

Click thumbnail
to view:

By bluekat76
Thumbnail #1 of Cryptotaenia japonica by bluekat76


1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive eibren On May 16, 2009, eibren from Camp Hill, PA wrote:

I have what I believe to be a bronze form of this (possible slight maroon tints) with flat, not crinkled leaves. I bought one plant a few years ago from a nursery in my area, Rose Hill; one of the workers there liked to try unusual herbs, and that was his pick that year. I was told it was a Japanese herb. I planted it in a whiskey barrel near a part of my garden that had become shaded out by shrubs and left it to its own devices. This spring, as I was weeding out a few wild mustard plants, I noticed that it had established itself in a small patch of about four or five plants nearby. It had somehow managed to bypass a large bleeding heart and a developing clump of Yellow Archangel, and was at least ten feet upwind of where it had origionally been planted. I was delighted to spot it; I think it is rather attractive, and if too much develops over time I will explore its culinary uses further.

Not only can it reseed itself in zone 6 in heavy clay soil, but it can tolerate medium shade and less-than-optimum conditions to do so.


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

Ijamsville, Maryland
Portland, Oregon
Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
Austin, Texas

We recommend Firefox
Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2015 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.

Hope for America