Urban Bounty Seed Packets in a blue dish next to dark red or brown Shungiku (Small Leaf) Chrysanthemum Seeds (also called Japanese or Chop Suey Greens Seeds)

Shungiku (Small Leaf) Chrysanthemum Seeds


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Enjoy this cheerful white and yellow flower in your garden and try it in Asian cuisine as well.  Urban Bounty Shungiku (Small Leaf) Chrysanthemum Seed Packets contain approximately 125 seeds - plenty for a small garden. 

What are Shungiku (Small Leaf) Chrysanthemum (Kiku-Na, Japanese Greens)?

Shungiku (Small Leaf) is an edible flower prized in Asian cooking.  It originated in the Mediterranean, rather than Asian.  Shungiku has small, dark green serrated leaves and white daisy-like blooms with yellow centres. This variety of Chrysanthemum could be incorporated into an Elegant, Mediterranean or Cottage garden, and is happy in a pot. (It will grow to between 30 and 60 cm).  It also grows well in cool coastal gardens.  

Culinary Uses for Shungiku (Small Leaf) Chrysanthemum (Japanese Greens)

If you want to know what Shungiku tastes like, just imagine a herb that is has a slightly grassy, herbal and citrus flavour at the same time (but in a good way!)  The flavour becomes slightly bitter once the flowers have bloomed. 

Young Shungiku shoots and leaves are used in stir fries or added raw to green salads (they pair well with ginger, garlic, honey, soya sauce, tamarind and sesame flavours).  They can also be briefly blanched or steamed then mixed with Mung Bean sprouts or tofu and an Asian dressing.    The Japanese add the shoots to Sukiyaki (finely sliced meat and vegetables fried with soya sauce) and tempura, and the flower petals to Kikumi (a Japanese pickle).  If you are brave, you can try the young shoots and leaves as a substitute for Spinach in a smoothie!

The key to cooking with Shungiku is not to overcook it.  Harvest just before use, as the leaves wilt quickly. 

Growing Conditions - Shungiku (Small Leaf) Chrysanthemum


Shungiku (Small Leaf) Chrysanthemum are easy to grow.  They thrive in cooler temperatures, full sun and rich moist soil. (Water when the soil begins to dry out, but take care not to over-water, as it doesn't like 'wet feet'.) Shungiku will survive mild frost and limited periods of drought.

While it is a quick growing plant, Shungiku can be kept small by cutting.  Young plants can be suffocated by weeds, so keep the area around your seedlings well-weeded.

 Growing Instructions - Shungiku (Small Leaf) Chrysanthemum Seeds

Note: These seeds have been treated to meet import regulations.  Do not feed seeds to animals.  Wash hands after handling.

  • Direct sow: Early spring - late summer
  • Spacing: 5 cm apart 
  • Sowing depth: 6 mm 
  • Keep soil consistently moist but not soggy while seeds are germinating
  • Germination: 7 - 10 days
  • Protect from slugs and snails
  • Harvest: 75 days 

      We offer a replacement guarantee

      To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

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      Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

      If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

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      To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

      How do you package your products?

      We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  


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      While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote: info@urbanbounty.co.nz  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

      We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options: info@urbanbounty.co.nz

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