Big Leaf Tong Ho (Chrysanthemum)
Extra large leaves and beautiful edible flowers make this a favorite in China. A unique Asian green, the leaves are thick and crunchy with a scrumptious savory flavor. Tall plants produce tons of large, edible blooms that reach 3 inches across and are make great cut flowers. Way beyond any ornamental value, these flowers are a gourmet delicacy. Try them lightly fried tempura style, sprinkled atop salads or steeped into the famous Chrysanthemum tea. The leaves are extra large, hand-sized and make a popular green in China. In America these are traditionally known as “Chop Suey Greens”. Leaves on younger plants are huge, but will be smaller once the plant sends up the tall flower stalks, but equally tasty.
Golden Ball Chrysanthemum
(Tanacetum parthenium) Equally appropriate to the herb or flower garden, this perennial, highly ornamental form of feverfew boasts attractive bright yellow flowers all season long. The flower form is nearly spherical, made up of very closely packed petals. The plants are very compact, reaching to 18” tall and wide. The lemon-yellow blooms are produced almost non-stop.
(Tanacetum vulgare) Perennial, to 4 feet. Fern-like, aromatic leaves, with a fragrance reminiscent of camphor and rosemary. Mature plants produce heads of attractive yellow button-like flowers, interesting when grown at the back of an herb border. Dried tansy has historically been used to repel insects like moths and ants; the plant also yields a traditional green dye. Not recommended for culinary use.
White Stars Feverfew
Soft, sunny clouds of lemon yellow and white make this a cheerful self-sowing perennial. Perfect cut flower or landscaping plant. Ideal for borders, mass planting and containers, the long lasting blooms are abundant and fill in a space with tufts of subtle color. A beautiful medicinal plant, traditionally used to treat headache.