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Chrysanthemum. Edible and Medicinal Plant for Allergies

Shungiku (Chrysanthemum coronarium)
(Edible Chrysanthemum, Chop Suey Greens)
This is a cultivated strain originally from China. The smooth, crunchy and richly textured young green leaves are delicious eaten raw or as a steamed vegetable with rice.The bright yellow flowers are edible, an artsy and highly aromatic touch for kitzy salads.  Shungiku is high in vitamins and very good for alkalinizing the blood. We do grow these ourselves and find them to be a trouble-free crop when direct seeded in a fine seedbed in the spring garden.  They grow well in association to carrots or other greens and they provide a lot of fresh, fast greens in the spring, when lettuces are still small.  Sow several consecutive crops to prolong supply.


Growing Chrysanthemum – Gardening Basics

Direct sow mid-April to May. I even tried my luck with a June batch.

Sow half a centremetre deep in rows around 20cms apart.

Thin out seedlings to around 20cms.

Grow in full sun.

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Important Growing Information:

DAYS TO GERMINATION:14-21 days at 60°F (16°C).

SOWING:Direct seed (recommended): Where plants are to bloom in early spring, sow as soon as soil can be worked. Cover seeds with 1/4″ of soil. Thin when the first true leaves appear.


SOIL REQUIREMENTS:Average, well-drained soil. A soil ph of between 6.0 and 8.0 is ideal.




Flower Arrangements

A classic filler for bouquets.

Erect plants produce 2 1/2″  flowers atop long stems. Excellent for mixed bouquets and makes a unique dried flower. Ht. 12 – 24 “. Tends to bloom in late summer. Cut blooms regularly to increase new growth.


Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Chrysanthemum

  • Medicinal Uses: * Allergies * Ayurvedic * Cardiovascular * Eyes/Vision * Flu * Hypertension * Sore Throat
  • Properties: * Anti-inflammatory * Antibacterial * Aromatic * Demulcent * Febrifuge * Hepatic * Hypotensive * Refrigerant
  • Parts Used: flowers
  • Constituents: ascorbic acid, beta-carotene, calcium, fiber, folacin, iron, magnesium, niacin, potassium, riboflavin, essential oils.

How to Use: Chrysanthemum

We value the chrysanthemum for their burst of fall color that signals the approach of winter, but like many ornamental plants, chrysanthemums have an ancient reputation in the East as a medicinal plant.

Preparation Methods & Dosage : When making the tea, steep the flowers gently in hot water for no more than 10 minutes in a closed vessel, to preserve the essential oil. Powder may be taken in capsule form.

Traditional Chinese Medicine traditional Chinese medicineJu-hua is used in Chinese medicine in prescriptions for colds with wind, and heat, headache, inflamed eyes, swelling and pain in the throat, vertigo, tinnitus, sores such as boils, and tightness of the chest with anxiety. Chrysanthemum flowers soaked in rice wine are a historical restorative drink. Chrysanthemum is combined with Japanese honeysuckle in the treatment of high blood pressure.

Ayurvedic Medicine ayurvedic medicineaSevanti Chrysanthemum flower is a cooling anti-Pitta remedy with an affinity for the head. It cools pitta in the eyes and helps vision.

Additional Resources

Cheung CS and Belluomini J, Traditional and new interpretation of prescriptions: the harmonizing group, Journal of the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 1984; (1): 3-15.

Saruwatari J, Nakagawa K, Shindo J, Nachi S, Echizen H, Ishizaki T. The in-vivo effects of sho-saiko-to, a traditional Chinese herbal medicine, on two cytochrome P450 enzymes (1A2 and 3A) and xanthine oxidase in man. J Pharm Pharmacol. 2003 Nov;55(11):1553-9. PubMed PMID: 14713367.

Zhang H, Huang J. [Preliminary study of traditional Chinese medicine treatment of minimal brain dysfunction: analysis of 100 cases]. Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Za Zhi. 1990 May;10(5):278-9, 260. Chinese. PubMed PMID: 2397543.

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This entry was posted on April 28, 2015 by in Uncategorized.
C Katt Krespach, NTP

C Katt Krespach, NTP

C Katt Krespach, NTP is a nutritional therapist and long time activist with a passion for healing arts and social entrepreneurship, …working in both areas for over a quarter of a century. Her site has a worldwide following. is her newest project and coaches brick-and-morter business owners into global social entrepreneurship. She is an author, public speaker, and entrepreneur. You can get Katt’s free edible flowers e-book here and also watch a short documentary on how she overcame neuropathy, significant weight gain, and more with easy, natural and healing mindsets. Follow Katt on Facebook, Wordpress, Twitter, and Instagram.

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