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Mizuna
Brassicaceae
Brassica rapa var. nipposinica


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Brassicaceae Family

Brassica Genus
Physical Description
Height:
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
Mizuna is a Japanese mustard green with dandelion-like jagged edge green leaves with a mild, sweet earthy flavor. It has been culitaved in Japan since ancient times, but most likely originated in China. Mizuna makes an excellent salad green, and is frequently found in Mesclun. It is also used in stir-frys and soups.


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Brassicaceae
Brassicales
Brassicales
Order of Mustard
Eumalvids
Real Mallows
Malvidae
Mallow Class
Eurosids
Real Rose Class
Rosids
Rosids
Rose-Like Class
Core Eudicots
Core Eudicots
Main, Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Eudicots
Eudicots
Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Mesangiospermae
Mesangiospermae
Half Capsule Seed Division
Magnoliophyta
Magnoliophyta
Magnolia Division
Spermatophytes
Spermatophytes
Seed Plants
Euphyllophytina
Real Land Plants
Polysporangiates
Multiple Spore Sub-Kingdom
Stomatophytes
Stomatophytes
Air Pores Sub-Kingdom
Embryophytes
Embryophytes
Multicellular Land Plants
Streptobionta
Streptobionta
Multicellular Plants
Plantae
Plantae
Plants
Eukaryota
Eukaryota
Cells with a Nucleus


General Information

Also known as Xiu Cai, Kyona, Japanese Mustard, Potherb Mustard, Japanese Greens and California Peppergrass.

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee)
Genus: Brassica (BRAS-ee-ka)
Species: rapa var. nipposinica


Spacing:
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)


Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)


Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seed heads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Mizuna is a great Asian green. Taste-wise it's so mild it's barely there, but it makes a nice addition to salads. I don't bother stir-frying with it because it doesn't add a lot of flavor. It's an amazing little plant though. One sowing usually takes me from early spring through frost. It's one of the first greens to be harvested in spring, and you can keep cutting and it just keeps coming back. Great space-saver for a small garden. Forms a small fountain of feathery leaves.





Mizuna - Plant
Mizuna - Plant - June 06, 2009

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