Flowers - raw[K]. A very decorative addition to the salad bowl, they have a mild flavour and a texture similar to the leaves[K].Seed - raw. Best used before it is fully mature, the seed has a pleasant nutty taste but it is rather small and fiddly to harvest[K].
Cream, yellow and green dyes can be obtained from the plant and the seed heads.The seed yields 15% oil. The uses of this oil have not been given though it is almost certainly edible[K].
If you have sufficient seed then it can be sown outdoors in situ in the middle to late spring.Basal cuttings in late spring. Harvest the shoots with plenty of underground stem when they are about 8 - 10cm above the ground. Pot them up into individual pots and keep them in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer.
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A very ornamental and polymorphic plant. It tends to be quite short-lived in cultivation but usually self-sows when well-sited[233, K]. It is closely related to M. excisa. If the plant is cut back to the ground as it comes into flower, then it will produce a fresh flush of leaves for salads[K]. Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits and are seldom bothered by slugs[K].Plants are prone to infestation by rust fungus.
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