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Brassica rapa perviridis - L.H.Bailey

Common Name Mustard Spinach
Family Brassicaceae or Cruciferae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Not known in the wild, it probably arose from B. rapa chinensis, Pak choi[206].
Range A cultivar of garden origin.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Brassica rapa perviridis Mustard Spinach


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Brassica rapa perviridis Mustard Spinach

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Brassica rapa perviridis is a BIENNIAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from May to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil and can tolerate drought.

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Synonyms

B. rapa komatsuna.

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Flowers  Leaves
Edible Uses:

Leaves - raw or cooked[206]. The flavour is a happy compromise between the blandness of cabbages and the sharpness of the oriental mustards[206]. The plant can be eaten at any stage from seedling to mature plant[206]. Flowering stems - raw or cooked[206]. Sweet and succulent, but becoming hotter as the plant matures[206].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Succeeds in full sun in a moisture-retentive well-drained fertile preferably alkaline soil[200, 206]. Prefers a cool moist reasonably fertile soil[52]. The plant is somewhat deeper rooted than many of the oriental brassicas and is more tolerant of drought, though it grows best if it is not short of water[206]. Mustard spinach is widely cultivated in the Orient for its edible leaves, there are many named varieties[206]. It takes 55 - 80 days for plants to reach maturity from sowing[206]. This is a very hardy plant, although knocked back, it has withstood temperatures down to about -14°c and can be cropped for most of the year[206]. It is much less likely to bolt from a spring sowing and is fairly resistant to summer heat[206].

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Propagation

Seed - sow in situ April to September[206]. Some varieties can also be sown in a cold greenhouse in late autumn, winter or early spring to provide leaves overwinter and in late spring.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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