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Edible uses


Young shoots and stems - raw or cooked[1][2][3][4][5]. Strongly aromatic[6][7], they are used as a flavouring or as a vegetable[8]. Cooked leaves become bitter if overcooked at a high temperature[8]. Young leaves are excellent in salads[8]. The leaves quickly wilt once they have been picked so it is best to harvest them as required[8]. They contain about 1.85% protein, 0.43% fat, 2.57% carbohydrate, 0.98% ash[9]. They are rich in vitamin B1, contain a moderate content of vitamin C and a little vitamin A[9]. Flowers - raw[5]. Blanched briefly and added to salads[6]. The centre of the flower is bitter so only the petals are normally used[8]. A fragrant pickle known as 'kikumi' is made from the petals in Japan[6].



Material uses

Possibly a good companion plant, protecting neighbouring plants from caterpillars etc[Gardener's World, 28/04/89]. There is a report that secretions from the roots can be effective in controlling nematodes in the soil, but this has not been substantiated[8].

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Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The leaves are expectorant and stomachic[10]. In conjunction with black pepper it is used in the treatment of gonorrhoea[11].

The flowers are aromatic, bitter and stomachic[11]. They are used as a substitute for camomile (Chamaemelum nobile)[11].

The bark is purgative, it is used in the treatment of syphilis[11].


Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

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Seed - surface-sow in spring to early autumn in situ. The seed usually germinates within 10 - 18 days at 15°c[8]. Successional sowings can be made at intervals of a few weeks in order to ensure a constant supply of young plants[8]. Autumn sowings succeed in mild areas[12]. An autumn sowing under cover will often supply leaves all winter[8].

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Succeeds in ordinary garden soil[13], but it prefers a well-drained fertile soil in full sun[7][8]. It will tolerate light shade in the summer[8]. Tolerates a pH in the range 5.2 to 7.5.

Plants do not grow well at temperatures above 25°c, tending to become bitter in hot weather[8]. Plants withstand light frosts[8]. Chop suey greens are commonly cultivated as a vegetable in the Orient and are becoming better known in the West[7]. There are many named varieties[6]. It takes 4 - 5 weeks from sowing the seed to the first harvest when plants are grown on the cut and come again principle[8].

Plants often self-sow when they are well-sited and the soil is disturbed by hoeing etc[K].


Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

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Full Data

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Binomial name
Chrysanthemum coronarium spatiosum
Imported References
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Edible uses
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Material uses
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Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
full sun
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
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    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
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    Ecosystem Niche
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    Root Zone Tendancy
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    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
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    1. ? 1.01.1 Harrison. S. Wallis. M. Masefield. G. The Oxford Book of Food Plants. Oxford University Press (1975-00-00)
    2. ? 2.02.1 Uphof. J. C. Th. Dictionary of Economic Plants. Weinheim (1959-00-00)
    3. ? 3.03.1 Usher. G. A Dictionary of Plants Used by Man. Constable ISBN 0094579202 (1974-00-00)
    4. ? 4.04.1 Tanaka. T. Tanaka's Cyclopaedia of Edible Plants of the World. Keigaku Publishing (1976-00-00)
    5. ? Brooklyn Botanic Garden Oriental Herbs and Vegetables, Vol 39 No. 2. Brooklyn Botanic Garden (1986-00-00)
    6. ? Facciola. S. Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants. Kampong Publications ISBN 0-9628087-0-9 (1990-00-00)
    7. ? Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    8. ? Larkcom J. Oriental Vegetables John Murray ISBN 0-7195-4781-4 (1991-00-00)
    9. ? Reid. B. E. Famine Foods of the Chiu-Huang Pen-ts'ao. Taipei. Southern Materials Centre (1977-00-00)
    10. ? 10.010.1 Duke. J. A. and Ayensu. E. S. Medicinal Plants of China Reference Publications, Inc. ISBN 0-917256-20-4 (1985-00-00)
    11. ? Chopra. R. N., Nayar. S. L. and Chopra. I. C. Glossary of Indian Medicinal Plants (Including the Supplement). Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi. (1986-00-00)
    12. ? Bird. R. (Editor) Growing from Seed. Volume 4. Thompson and Morgan. (1990-00-00)
    13. ? F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
    14. ? ? Flora Europaea Cambridge University Press (1964-00-00)

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