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Moonshine Black Mustard

Brassica nigra 'Moonshine'

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Moonshine Black Mustard (Brassica nigra 'Moonshine') at Roger's Gardens

Moonshine Black Mustard foliage

Moonshine Black Mustard foliage

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Moonshine Black Mustard (Brassica nigra 'Moonshine') at Roger's Gardens

Moonshine Black Mustard in bloom

Moonshine Black Mustard in bloom

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Height:  32 inches

Spacing:  6 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)


This variety produces tall stalks and green foliage with dainty yellow flowers and seed pods; stalks and stems are edible, this selection is mainly grown for the seeds which have a strong spicy profile; flavorful seeds are great in stews and curries

Edible Qualities

Moonshine Black Mustard is an annual vegetable plant that is typically grown for its edible qualities. The entire above-ground parts of the plant are edible, and are typically harvested when mature. The edible parts have a spicy taste and a crunchy texture.

The plant is most often used in the following ways:

  • Eating When Cooked/Prepared
  • Cooking

Planting & Growing

Moonshine Black Mustard will grow to be about 32 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. When planted in rows, individual plants should be spaced approximately 6 inches apart. This fast-growing vegetable plant is an annual, which means that it will grow for one season in your garden and then die after producing a crop.

This plant is typically grown in a designated vegetable garden. It does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

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