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Garland Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum coronarium

a.k.a. Shungiku, Crown Daisy, Edible Chrysanthemum, Kikuna, Tong Hao

A popular leaf vegetable, particularly in Asian cuisine where it is used in soups, hot pots and stir fry. Along with its edible use, the plant is a species of chrysanthemum and has bright yellow, ornamental flowers which are popular for the garden.

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A leafy and herbaceous annual growing to a few feet high. Yields fine, frilly leaves which are harvested early and eaten. Flowers are typically all yellow or bicolored white-yellow.


Annual, plants do not overwinter.

Growing Environment

Grows well in full sun, and in Mediterranean climates. Can be grown pretty much anywhere during warmer months.


By seeds.


Often grown for its edible greens which are popular in Asian dishes and can often be found at specialty Asian markets. The greens are generally harvested when young as maturity causes a bitter flavor. The plant is also grown as an ornamental for its colorful flowers.

Native Range

Native to the Mediterranean region and has spread throughout Asia and even the America's.

Related Species

Arctium lappa
Greater Burdock
Bartlettina sordida
Purple Torch
Chrysanthemum coronarium
Garland Chrysanthemum
Emilia javanica
Tassel Flower
Stevia rebaudiana