Plant ID forum: Mustard (Brassica juncea)

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Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
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kylaluaz
Apr 28, 2015 11:22 AM CST
Got this from a neighbor who got it at a plant swap. I was hoping it might be a delphinium but the pictures of foliage I've seen don't convince me. Anyone have an idea what it might be?
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Name: Danita
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Danita
Apr 28, 2015 12:20 PM CST
It looks like a red Mizuna such as 'Red Streak' or 'Ruby Streak'. If it is it will start bolting soon (in the hot weather) and have mustard-type flowers.

@RickCorey Hey, need your asian-green expertise. What do you think?

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Name: Kyla
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kylaluaz
Apr 28, 2015 12:30 PM CST
Huh. You mean it's, like, food?

Sticking tongue out Hilarious!

Maybe I'll just set it out in the garden in that case and see how it does.
Name: Danita
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Danita
Apr 28, 2015 12:38 PM CST
Yep, mizuna is a type of mustard eaten as greens.
I wouldn't try eating it until you are positive on the ID, though! Smiling
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
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RickCorey
Apr 28, 2015 2:01 PM CST
It didn't look like a delphinium to me.

It does look like Mizuna (B. rapa ) or any of many mustards, that would look similar. Especially if it develops some red color as it ages.

Mizuna (Brassica rapa subsp. nipposinica 'Mizuna')

Several photos of mustards on one page here (Brassica juncea):
http://www.kitazawaseed.com/seeds_salad_leaf_mustard.html

It might be edible chrysanthemum greens, "Shungiku":
http://www.kitazawaseed.com/seeds_chrysanthemum_greens.html

Some mustards it might be:

Golden Frill:
http://www.kitazawaseed.com/seed_337-181.html

Golden Streak:
http://www.kitazawaseed.com/seed_336-181.html

Mizuna Red Streak:
http://www.kitazawaseed.com/seed_363-181.html

Ruby Streak:
http://www.kitazawaseed.com/seed_335-181.html

Scarlet Frill:
http://www.kitazawaseed.com/seed_408-181.html

others:
http://www.kitazawaseed.com/seed_407-181.html
http://www.kitazawaseed.com/seed_053-73.html

Hey, if it is a mustard, a tiny nibble-spit should tell you it IS a mustard!

Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Apr 28, 2015 2:59 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing You ask a question and @RickCorey delivers, big time, every time. Thumbs up He knows his stuff. Thumbs up
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Name: Kyla
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kylaluaz
Apr 28, 2015 3:22 PM CST
Indeed he does! Thanks, Rick! I'm pretty sure it's Ruby Streak. Will try the nibble and spit taste tomorrow. Oh dear, my "Enter" key is not functioning! Eeeep! Hope it fixes itself.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
Apr 28, 2015 6:51 PM CST
Kyla, I bet you have FireFox! I get the same problem. It comes and goes, so i just edit a post in Word and then copy-paste.

Greene, I still have my verbosity problem. I could have said "Looks like a mustard, to me." But thanks for the acorn!

Oh, well! I hope I don't make people wear out their "Page Down" key.

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