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Mustard produces a leafy green that can be used for fresh eating, or as a cooked vegetable. It produces pretty yellow flowers that are attractive to pollinators.

Latin Name

Brassica juncea



Also Known As

Brown Mustard Chinese Mustard

Type of Plant

Vegetables Vegetables


Fall Fall
Spring Spring


Max height Max Height: 2'
Max spread Max Spread: 1.5'


  • Edible
  • Crop
  • Vegetable
  • Annual

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun


    Native Range

    Russia to central Asia


    Washington received an invoice from Robert Cary & Company in March of 1760 regarding an order for 12 lb. of best mustard seed.

    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Lower Garden Fruit Garden & Nursery

  • Lower Garden
  • Fruit Garden & Nursery

  • Hardiness Zones

    USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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