Cryptotaenia japonica f. atropurpurea (Purple Mitsuba) [20 Seeds]

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Germination Information: I recommend these seeds for experienced seed-starters only, because they may require some patience. The easiest approach is to surface-sow the seeds in fall to early winter, setting them outdoors in a spot protected from mice so they can get a chilling period and then germinate when conditions are right in spring.

If you sow after January, set the pot in a plastic bag in your refrigerator for about 2 months before moving it to a warm, bright place for germination. (Remove the bag if the pot will be exposed to any direct sun.)

It is possible that these seeds could germinate if you sow them in warm, moist, bright conditions. But if you try that and no seedlings appear in 3 to 4 weeks, then try the refrigerator-chilling approach above before moving them back to warmth and light.

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Description

Purple mitsuba (Cryptotaenia japonica f. atropurpurea), also known as purple Japanese parsley, Japanese chervil, or Japanese honewort, is grown for its deep purple foliage, which is particularly handsome in spring to early summer. It’s considered to be edible, too. The tiny pinkish flowers, which appear along the tops of the 12- to 18-inch-tall stems, are not showy, so you won’t miss anything by cutting whole plant to the ground in midsummer. If you don’t do that, you’re likely to find lots of self-sown seedlings the following year. In fact, this plant can seed aggressively, so think carefully before you decide to grow it. Full sun to partial shade. Perennial; Zones 4 to 8.

Harvested in September 2020. At least 20 seeds.

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