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Orychophragmus violaceus

Orychophragmus violaceus

Synonym(s) Arabis chanetii
Common name Chinese violet cress
Family brassicaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z7-10)
Flowers violet (late spring-summer)
Size 12-24"
Light sun
From seed germinates readily at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below

This perennial from eastern Asia wasn't quite hardy in our Pennsylvania garden, so I tried to grow it as an annual – but never saw flowers. It is also used as a vegetable in China, but we never tried it in our salads. After moving to Houston, I started another batch of seed, and set the plants out in two parts of our garden. They weren't happy in either place, wilting in the summer heat, and never flowered – but one patch, which was shaded out by taller neighboring plants, survived, and produced flowers in early March of the following year.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '14 trade. Baggy 70F (75%G, 4-8d)
  2. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (45%G, 3-15d)

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