Chrysanthemum Tea?

kirinnApril 30, 2004

I am interested in growing the flowers used in making chrysanthemum tea (the sweet kind). I saw a packet of the seeds before, but didn't buy it at the time (d'oh!). Does anyone know what kind of chrysanthemum is used, or a source for seeds/plants?

Thanks!

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Violet_Z6(6a)

Visit/contact the National Chrysanthemum Society. They should be able to provide you with information on specific varieties and sources.

Here is a link that might be useful: National Chrysanthemum Society

    Bookmark   April 30, 2004 at 2:21PM
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laurie_brown(N ID Z4)

It's called shungiko; it's a tall, lanky plant with cute single flowers that are yellow centered with yellow and white petals. Pine Tree Seeds used to have it; I'm sure Richter's would, too.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2004 at 1:49PM
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evidentjoy(z6 PA)

Thanks for this post, which I found by doing a search. I also did a search on google and came up with this link.

I have also obtained a great seed catalog for asian vegetables that offer this plant. kitazawaseed.com

Have fun!

Here is a link that might be useful: asian foods

    Bookmark   February 21, 2005 at 9:15AM
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garlicgrower

I used to work with a Taiwanese man. When I had a cold he gave me some of this Chrysanthemum tea. It was good :-D I don't remember if it helped the cold :-) When I asked what to do for head ache, he said to take asprin - really :-)
I have seeds for the Chrysanths to plant this spring - fond memories
Maryanne in WMass

    Bookmark   February 28, 2005 at 4:23PM
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AariqSkought(sunset 14/ CA)

from what i've found, the same plant is used for greens ("chop suey greens") tea (from the flowers) and as a dye plant (also the flowers.) Yeah for multipurpose plants. I will have to grow this next time I'm in one place for a whole summer.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2005 at 12:00AM
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baci(z10Ca)

I have about 10 seeds left over from sowing. I can trade for your picklebush or SASE you. I have not grown these out yet; mine are from a trade.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2005 at 7:21AM
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lovehummingbirds

Evidentjoy,

I took a look at the link to Chrysanthemum coronarium. That is mainly for fresh cooking. Chrysanthemum tea is from a white/ivory double-flowered mum, it should be very similar to garden mum. I don't think they are from the same plant. The flower of C. coronarium could very well be used in tea, but it is not the same flower used in chrysanthemum tea. I will post of a picture later.

Ying

    Bookmark   March 15, 2005 at 12:44PM
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lovehummingbirds

Here is a picture of dried chrysanthemum flowers for tea, http://chinagardentour.myftp.org/images/img_3242.jpg

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   March 15, 2005 at 10:52PM
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aariq

I've grown shungiku and the greens were good, but the flowers didn't make very good tea. It's possible that its the same plant for both the tea and the greens, but it's likely a different variety.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2008 at 10:44PM
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