CRYPTOTAENIA JAPONICA ATROPURPUREA
Recently arrived from Japan is this exciting new foliage (and food!) plant related to parsley but much more beautiful. It produces a mound of jagged-edged, three-lobed leaves, burnished purple-bronze, on dark stems, from which in early summer arise sprays of tiny pale pink flowers. The unique flavour of leaves and leaf stalks, either fresh or blanched, is pleasing in soups, salads, and fried foods. In addition, it is reputedly a strengthening tonic, and to have some medicinal benefits in women as well!
For best results, sow immediately onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. They can be sown at any time, and germination can sometimes be quicker if kept at 15 to 20 degrees C. We sow most seeds in an unheated greenhouse and wait for natural germination, as many seeds have built-in dormancy mechanisms, often waiting for natural spring germination, hence giving them a full season of growth.
Common name:Perennial purple parsley. Mitsuba, Purple-leaved Japanese Wild Parsley, Purple-leaved Japanese hone
Packet Content:15 (Approx)