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.