Caucasian Spinach

Hablitzia tamnoides

Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Hablitzia (hab-LITZ-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: tamnoides (tam-NOY-deez) (Info)

Category:

Vegetables

Vines and Climbers

Foliage Color:

Blue-Green

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade

Full Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Green

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

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

Savannah, Georgia

Falmouth, Maine

Tonawanda, New York

Withee, Wisconsin

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jun 1, 2016, Pussywillowpres from (Zone 4a) wrote:

Great for edible landscaping: hardy perennial, ornamental, mild-flavored, & edible all season--just a little fussy about location/competition

Last winter I planted Hablitzia seed in moist seed starting medium in small pots & refrigerated them for a month to stratify. Germination was good, but I'm glad I tried several different places when transplanting outside. The seeds are like dust & the seedlings are very fragile. They don't seem to take competition well. The ones that survived are against the east side of the house, in full morning sun/afternoon shade, with relatively low moisture (under the roof overhang). I did have to weave them into their trellis--otherwise they tend to sprawl.

I harvested leaves (which are also ornamental) lightly all season f... read more

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