The delicious, sweet, mild turnips of 'Hakurei' are small, pure white and round but slightly flattened. Japanese in origin, this cultivar is very fast-growing, being ready to harvest as early as 35 to 38 days from sowing. This is a turnip for non-turnip lovers to try because its roots are so mild and sweet. The dark green tops also taste delicious cooked or eaten raw in salads.
Some classify turnips in the Rapifera group. Turnip varieties come in many shapes and sizes. The larger the root,...
(Little Jade Napa Cabbage, Napa Cabbage)
Vigorous and disease resistant, 'Little Jade' produces dense, vase-shaped, leafy "baby" Napa cabbage heads. Cabbages are ready to harvest around 60 days from planting. The leaves and stalks are crunchy and sweet and can be eaten fresh or in stir-fry.
Bearing dark to pale green leaves with prominent white midveins, brassicas in the Pekinensis group include the vegetables Napa cabbage, bok choy and celery cabbage. It is one of several groups in Brassica rapa, which is Eurasian in origin...
Mark A. Miller
(Purple Top White Globe Turnip, Turnip)
An heirloom turnip that remains highly popular, ‘Purple Top White Globe’ is grown for its tender young greens and its tasty bulbous root. This annual or biennial is one of numerous leafy vegetables belonging to Brassica rapa, which may have originated in central and southern Europe but is now cultivated and naturalized worldwide. The white, purple-capped turnips of this variety mature about 50 days after sowing. They grow to tennis ball size but are best when young and tender. The lobed...
Carol Cloud Bailey
(Tokyo Cross Turnip, Turnip)
Winner of the All America Award, 'Tokyo Cross' is grown for its tender young greens and its tasty bulbous root. This annual or biennial is one of numerous leafy vegetables belonging to Brassica rapa, which may have originated in central and southern Europe but is now cultivated and naturalized worldwide. The pure creamy white turnips of this variety are ready for harvest about 35 days after sowing. They grow to grapefruit size but are best when young and tender. The lobed leaves are good...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Bok Choy, Chinese Cabbage, Choy Sum, Pak Choi)
Characterized by chard-like clusters of leaves with thick, white to pale green leaf stalks, the Chinensis group of brassicas includes pak choi, bok choy and Chinese and Japanese cabbage. It is one of several groups within Brassica rapa, which is Eurasian in origin but is now cultivated worldwide. All in the Chinensis group were selected from different regions of Asia and many cultivars exist.
These annual or biennial, cool season plants form loose rosettes of upright green leaves...
(Celery Cabbage, Napa Cabbage)
Bearing dark to pale green leaves with prominent white midveins, brassicas in the Pekinensis group include the vegetables Napa cabbage, bok choy and celery cabbage. It is one of several groups in Brassica rapa, which is Eurasian in origin but now cultivated worldwide. Pekinensis types are thin-leaved with a sweet, mildly tangy flavor. Habits vary and may be barrel-shaped with crinkled foliage or cylindrical with smooth leaves.
These mustard-like annual or biennial, cool-season plants...
James H. Schutte
(Perennial Quaking Grass)
Common quaking grass is a perennial, tufted grass grown mostly for its interesting seed pods. It is native to Eurasia and naturalized in the cooler regions of North America. The leaves are linear, narrow, flat, upright and green to blue-green in color. Common quaking grass spreads slowly by rhizome (underground stem). Flowers are small and green held in lacy branched heads on stiff, leafless stalks well above the foliage, doubling the size of the plant. They appear later spring into summer. The fruit...
The largest and arguably most beautiful brodiaea, this "bulb" from the foothills and coastal ranges of California blooms in a starburst of flowers reminiscent of a small Agapanthus. The clusters of up to 12 upfacing funnel-shaped flowers perch atop wiry knee-high stems in late spring and early summer. The purple, lavender, pinkish, or white flowers have dark longitudinal midstripes. Long grassy leaves precede the flowers, withering before or as the flowers open. Like all other of its genus,...