Brazil spinach
Alternanthera sissoo

Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Alternanthera (al-ter-NANTH-ur-uh) (Info)
Species: sissoo

Category:

Vegetables

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Partial to Full Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

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Foliage:

Herbaceous

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

By simple layering

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Oct 25, 2013, duriandurian from Deep Creek
Bahamas wrote:

This is an excellent tropical perennail vegetable that is easy to grow and care for. The leaves add a nice crunchy texture to any salad and have a mild taste to them. It can withstand everything from full sun to almost complete shade as long as the temperature is warm. It likes to grow in moist soil but is also moderately drought-tolerant as well. It propagates very easily from cuttings; I have never had a cutting of Brazil spinach fail to take. It has a habit of spreading out and forming low-growing clump or mat, but is easy to rip out and remove completely; furthermore, it does not self-seed easily so it tends to not be invasive. I have grown it in Thailand and here in the Bahamas, but I would imagine it would do well in any area that does not see frost.