Cryptotaenia japonica 'Atropurpurea'
|October flowers |
Purple-black ruffled foliage, with lavender flowers in summer, sporadically reblooming into fall.
||ordinary garden soil
||self-seeds in our garden
|Seed ripens||early October|
We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.
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|Virginia Bergman||May 28, 2010||I am having a problem with tiny white specks on my fairly new cryptotaenia japonica astropurpurea. Have sprayed repeatedly but they do not go away. Also the newer leaves have curled edges.
|Chris Tracey/ Avant Gardens||May 30, 2010||We bought this (Cryptotaenia japonica Atropurpurea) a decade ago from Heronswood. It has before an uncontrollable weed here in our North Dartmouth, MA garden.|
|viv Condon||Dec 10, 2010||A lovely plant it also does well in Mt Dandenong, Victoria, Australia, not very well known though, it self sows readily in the glass house and in the garden we are at an altitude of 700m|
|Lisa C.||May 19, 2012||I "love" the look of this plant however it has become very invasive in my garden. The local garden center has recommended that I pull out the plants and destroy them prior to the flowers' setting seed -- since it's so invasive. In the morning, the leaves are very showy when they are edged with dew. I'm torn whether to keep it or destroy it.|
I'm with you. I allow them to persist in one area of our shade garden, but yank them everywhere else. It's a tenuous truce, but like you, I do appreciate the foliage.
|Linda Hames||Sep 20, 2012||I planted this plant in my native garden in the San Juan Islands of Washington State. The area is dappeled shade in the aternoon-due to many evergreen trees. I love the leaf color. but- something ate it to the ground! There are dogs that free roam -but I have never known any dog to eat a plant to within 2 inches of the ground. I removed the plant and put it in a protcted area for "sick" plants it came back but now I don't know where to plant it back out. any ideas?|
|Karen S||Oct 29, 2012||Is this purple leaved version of Mitsuba also edible?|
I can't say for sure - but in general, different varieties within a species will not differ in their edibility/toxicity, although some may be more appetizing than others.
|Stanton de Riel||Jul 09, 2016||A good project for such potential invasives: tetraploidize some, then backcross with the diploid. The triploid progeny may be safely planted anywhere without invasiveness -- the fruit are likely sterile (like banana, and rare cultivars of common fruits). Notably in the USA, this should have been done with Elaeagnus umbellata (autumn olive) before introduction, but wasn't. Still could be for Elaeagnus multiflora (goumi), though. Any takers?|
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