Kochia - Mexican Fire Weed ( Bassia scoparia) Mexican Fireweed Burning Bush Summer Cypress
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Kochia Mexican Fire Bush (Bassia scoparia)
Height 2 - 7 ft
Large annual herb in the Amaranthaceae (buckwheat) family and is native to Eurasia. The plant forms a highly ornamental candelabra shape; the feathery and finely textured bright green leaves turn a beautiful fuschia red colour in the fall. Kochia leaves and growing tips are edible; the plant is very salty tasting. Seeds are also useful as a garnish (tonburi) and have a texture somewhat like caviar hence the reason it is called 'field caviar' or 'land caviar'. In Japan, tonburi is a delicacy.
- Full sun
- Self seeds easily especially in zones 8-10
- Surface sow and keep moist until germination occurs (10-14 days approx)
- transplant seedlings outdoors after all risk of frost has passed (approx 8 weeks)
- Great for containers
- Moist well draining soil with lots of organic material
- Very drought and salt tolerant; an excellent plant for xeriscaping
- seeds germinate within 10-15 days
- Kochia was introduced to many parts of North America, where it is found in grassland, prairie, and desert shrub ecosystem
- Seed Count: 10