Cryptotaenia (also known as Japanese Parsley, misuba, honeywort, or stone parsley) is an herbaceous perennial plant with small rounded leaves and tiny white blooms. Unusual in the USA, it is a common ingredient in Asian cuisine as a garnish or (the seeds) as sprouts. The stems and leaves have a vague celery like flavor. The plant is also used as a medicinal to treat womens complaints or as a tonic herb.
Propagation is most often done by sowing seeds, though existing plants can be dug and separated. Seeds should be sown in pots, trays or a bed prepared with a soiless seed starting medium (1 part sphagnum peat moss to 1 part sand is fine). Sow the seed and cover lightly. Maintain temperature at about 70F and keep the medium moist, but not soggy. When seedlings reach 2 inches in height, transplant to larger containers or, if outdoor temperatures remain above 55F, you may set the transplants in an outdoor prepared area/ Seeds may also be sown directly outdoors in a prepared bed when outdoor temperatures remain above 55F.
Atropurpurea - Cryptotaenia japonica Atropurpurea - Perfectly goregeous foliage plant with bronze leaves and tiny white blooms. Very uncommon Full or partial sun Height: 16 inches Hardy to -20F (-28.8C)
|#5749 Packet $10.00 Approximately 25 seeds||
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