Herb: Chop-Suey Greens
Latin name: Chrysanthemum coronarium
Medicinal use of Chop-Suey Greens:The leaves are expectorant and stomachic. In conjunction with black pepper it is used in the treatment of gonorrhoea. The flowers are aromatic, bitter and stomachic. They are used as a substitute for camomile (Chamaemelum nobile). The bark is purgative, it is used in the treatment of syphilis.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Cultivated ground and waste places.
Edible parts of Chop-Suey Greens:Young shoots and stems - raw or cooked. Strongly aromatic. Flowers - raw. Blanched briefly and added to salads. The centre of the flower is bitter so only the petals are normally used.
Other uses of the herb:Possibly a good companion plant, protecting neighbouring plants from caterpillars etc. There is a report that secretions from the roots can be effective in controlling nematodes in the soil, but this has not been substantiated.
Propagation of Chop-Suey Greens:Seed - surface-sow in spring to early autumn in situ. The seed usually germinates within 10 - 18 days at 15°C. Successional sowings can be made at intervals of a few weeks in order to ensure a constant supply of young plants. Autumn sowings succeed in mild areas. An autumn sowing under cover will often supply leaves all winter.
Cultivation of the herb:Cultivated ground and waste places.
Known hazards of Chrysanthemum coronarium:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.