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Brassica rapa var. nipposininca

Mizuna

  • Botanical name: Brassica rapa var. nipposininca
  • Common name: Mizuna
  • Family: Brassicaceae
  • Plant Type: Vegetable

Mizuna, Brassica rapa var. nipposininca, is a Japanese brassica that is becoming increasingly popular for stir-fries. It’s also called Kyona or potherb mustard. Not only is it good to eat, it’s also quite decorative, with glossy, serrated, dark green leaves and narrow white stalks, looking good in flower beds and as edging. It’s vigorous, adaptable and easy to grow in most soils. Mizuna greens have a mild mustard flavour.

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The usual sowing time for Brassica rapa var. nipposininca, outside, is from early to late summer, but it can be sown in late spring or early summer, when it may have a tendency to bolt. Another alternative is to sow in early autumn for transplanting under cover.

How to grow Brassica rapa

  • Plant size

    27cm height

    30cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, dappled shade
  • Hardiness: Half hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist / chalky / alkaline

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Brassica rapa and wildlife

Brassica rapa has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Brassica rapa poisonous?

Brassica rapa has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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