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Dystaenia takesimana
Ulleung Giant Celery
  • Hardy to Zone 4
  • Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Germination Tested N/A. Estimated 50%
  • Approximately 20-30 seeds per packet
Regular price $5.00 CAD
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Seombadi is an exciting and very cold hardy perennial vegetable from Ulleongdo Island, South Korea. It tastes like a mix of celery and lovage, and stays green throughout even harsh winters when few other vegetables are available to harvest, making it a valuable addition to any edible garden. It's great in winter soups and stews.

Here's a quote from Eric Toensmeier: “Absolutely our best winter perennial vegetable. When Hablitzia is still 1" high, this one is 10" and growing fast. Comes up under snow and really our best or even only winter vegetable from early December through March. Flavor more or less like celery. Grows something like lovage but much better flavor and winter tolerance. It sailed through -15F (-26C) this winter” (Eric is located in Holyoke, Massachusetts).

These plants can grow about 6 feet tall when in flower, and the umbelliferous flowers support all sorts of beneficial insects. Other names for this plant include Ulleung Giant Celery, Korean Pig Plant, sobadi, or dwaejipul.

It seems in its native Ulleongdo Island, it is only occasionally eaten parboiled, or fermented in soy sauce or soybean paste. Its main use seems to be livestock fodder for pigs and cattle. In fact, it is said to be the favourite herb of the local cattle (yakso), which gives the meat a special "herbal fragrance." I imagine chickens, rabbits, or other livestock would enjoy it as well.

Stephen Barstow has an excellent article on his website with more information.

These seeds are grown by my friend Kim Watt of Thimble Hill Nursery in Nelson, BC. Thank you for stewarding seeds of this special plant!

Growing Instructions

These seeds lose their viability quickly, so I recommend planting them this year and not saving any. Cold stratification (30-60 days) may promote more uniform germination, but it is not necessary. Kim recommends starting them indoors around the same time as onions (Feb-early March) on bottom heat. Seeds should sprout slowly and erratically over 6 weeks. Transplant outdoors after last frost. Alternately, sow seeds outdoors in pots in February and let them naturally cold-stratify, and they will come up in the spring.

Seedlings seem to be delicate when young- try not the let them overheat. Plants grow slowly when young. Mature plants can tolerate full sun or part shade. Propagation by cuttings may be possible.

Shipping & Returns

We ship seeds within Canada for a flat fee of $6, United States for $25, and internationally for $25*. Live plants and bulbs can only be shipped within Canada.


Shipping in Canada 

We ship seeds in Canada via regular letter mail, which is an untracked service, and usually takes 1-2 weeks to arrive. Larger bulbs and plants are sent via tracked flat rate box.


Shipping to the US

We ship all US orders by tracked packet and they usually take two weeks to arrive.

According to the USDA, most seeds require an import permit to be brought into the US and the permit is free and useable for multiple orders/years. The package will list the contents as "Garden Seeds". In our experience shipping seeds over several years, most small orders will make it across the border without issues, but occasionally they will be held at US Customs. 

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the required import permit and Cicada Seeds will not be responsible for any orders held or confiscated by US customs.


Shipping Internationally

International orders are usually shipped via untracked packet. The package will list the contents as "Garden Seeds". It is your responsibility to ensure you have the required import permit and Cicada Seeds will not be responsible for any orders held of confiscated by customs.

International shipping countries include: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom


If you have any issues with the quality of your order, please contact us within 60 days and we will make it right!

*Shipping fees are in Canadian dollars. 

Ecologically Grown

Seeds are grown ecologically without the use of chemical pesticides or fertilizers.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Doris Ball
Celery seed

I’m happy to rate a higher satisfaction due to the company making it right by sending me another package of seeds as the first one had broken and minimal seeds. Half of what was said would arrive. The one that was sent to replace had the right amount with much better looking seeds. As of yet they haven’t produced yet after
1 1/2 weeks though I’m sure they will!

Amazing plant

I planted seed last year and they're a little slow to start but stay green all winter. One of the only true winter veggies ready to eat all year long once established. Get some asap or see about getting some live plants if you can find them online! PS I will be selling live plants online out of the US! Perhaps look for them on Etsy (: