Mitsu-ba, Japanese Honeywort, Japanese Parsley
Cryptotaenia japonica

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

Category:

Vegetables

Perennials

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Danger:

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Burgundy

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:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Ijamsville, Maryland

Portland, Oregon

Camp Hill, Pennsylvania

Austin, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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; ... read more