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Sweetleaf Bush, Katuk

Sauropus androgynus

Family: Euphorbiaceae (yoo-for-bee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Sauropus
Species: androgynus (an-DROG-in us) (Info)

Category:

Vegetables

Herbs

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

Unknown - Tell us

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From leaf cuttings

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Birmingham, Alabama

Sarasota, Florida

Vero Beach, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

Hawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaii

Kenner, Louisiana

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
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RatingContent
Positive

On Mar 3, 2017, greenman62 from Kenner, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:

this plants leaves hasve an excellent flavor
similar to peanut. in a good way.

i had it 4 years. it took 3 light frosts around 30F
4 weeks ago we had 26F night, and it didnt make it.

grows well in mosltly shade
can take full sun if soil is moist
it didnt seem to like a container
when i put it in the ground it really took off.
doesnt mind being cut back (and eaten)
great in salads.

roots fairly easy from cuttings

Easily propagated by cuttings of older woody stems. Strip the leaves and stick it in the ground in the shade.
(i keep 2 leaves on it)

It probably needs cross pollination to produce seeds
(not a clone from cuttings of the same plant)

Positive

On Oct 12, 2006, Dinu from Mysore,
India (Zone 10a) wrote:

I got my plant for free at an exhibition stall of the agriculture section in 2004. He gave it to me saying that it is called vitamin plant. I later found out that this is in cultivation for its high nutritional value and is becoming popular. Attractive dark green foliage. It takes pruning well, once established. Just chew a few leaves for the needed vitamin requirements!

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