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Chenopodium capitatum

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Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Chenopodium (ken-oh-POH-dee-um) (Info)
Species: capitatum (kap-ih-TAY-tum) (Info)

Synonym:Blitum capitatum
Synonym:Blitum petiolare
Synonym:Blitum tataricum
Synonym:Blitum terminale
Synonym:Morocarpus capitatus

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Category:
Annuals

Height:
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 2a: to -45.5 C (-50 F)
USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 C (-45 F)
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Pale Green

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:
Grown for foliage

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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Profile:

1 positive
5 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive RockWhispererOK On Jul 19, 2013, RockWhispererOK from Bartlesville, OK wrote:

I planted this from seed one spring and it didn't come up till 2 years later. Now, it appears every year in about the same places. It's pretty amongst other things. Yes, it does come up in odd places but is easily uprooted or transplanted. The berries taste to me like a very seedy mulberry but more bland, it might add visual interest in a salad and taste ok if it had dressing on it. But I wouldn't waste time juicing those berries. Chickens love them, a nice treat for them since the mulberries aren't ready yet when they are ripe. The foliage makes a decent spinach and it comes up so dependably every spring that it's almost like a perennial.

Neutral lilybelle On Mar 13, 2010, lilybelle from (Zone 3b) wrote:

The neutral rating is due to lack of long-term experience with strawberry spinach; last year was the first I've tried it, so I don't yet know if it'll be real "pesky" (invasive-wise) or not.

I found it to be a delightful plant, leaves & "berries" alike. I like the flavor of the sweet red things - sort of corn-like, but with lots of other overtones. Great in salads.

It does contain oxalic acid, but that's not a concern unless you plan on using it as a mainstay of your diet!

We'll see what I think after the 2010 growing season.

Negative Actee On Jul 30, 2009, Actee from Paris
France wrote:

It was a nice trial in my vegetable garden for the first year, growing with fennel and making a lovely scene. But strawberry spinach is a real weed since it produces tons of seeds ! I now have to dig it up each spring in my yard. Leaves are suitable as a substitute of spinach but don't expect something of the fruits : it looks like a strawberry but tastes like a sickly sweet beet !

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 2, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Widely known as Strawberry Blite. Grown in Europe for centuries. Self-seeding annual.

Neutral Farmerdill On Sep 2, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

45 days Tender, fast-growing greens with a delicate flavor. Try raw in salads (good mesclun ingredient) or cooked like spinach and chard. As a bonus, the small, red berries are cheerful as well as edible, and can be mashed, in quantities, to make a juice or to color other foods. Attractive enough to grow in gardens or containers.

Neutral saya On Mar 6, 2005, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

The flowers turn into red during setting seeds and look like little strawberries. They taste a litle sweet. It can be grown as a vegetable for its leaves that taste and can be cooked like spinach.

Neutral Joy On Sep 4, 2001, Joy from Kalama, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

The tiny flowers produce a small fruit that looks like a tiny strawberry and is edible, although not especially tasty. It will easily grow in a container.

Regional...

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

, (2 reports)
Honomu, Hawaii
Franklin Park, Illinois
Cumberland, Maryland
Millersburg, Michigan
Mechanicville, New York
Slingerlands, New York
Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Austin, Texas
Kalama, Washington



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