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Plant Height: 18 inches
Flower Height: 24 inches
Spread: 12 inches
Hardiness Zone: 4a
Other Names: Japanese Parsley, Japanese Honeywort
This perennial is very similar to parsley and has a celery-like flavor and scent, used as an herb in Asia; grown for its airy foliage and flowers in the garden; may be toxic in large quantities
Mitsuba is a perennial herb that is commonly grown for its edible qualities. The serrated oval green leaves are usually harvested from late spring to late summer. The leaves have a sweet taste.
The leaves are most often used in the following ways:
- Fresh Eating
Features & Attributes
Mitsuba features subtle spikes of white flowers rising above the foliage in mid summer. Its large serrated oval leaves remain green in color throughout the season.
This is an herbaceous perennial herb with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition. This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Aside from its primary use as an edible, Mitsuba is sutiable for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
- Herb Gardens
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Mitsuba will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This plant is typically grown in a designated herb garden. It does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This species is not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets.
Mitsuba is a good choice for the edible garden, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.