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PlantFiles: Brazil spinach
Alternanthera sissoo

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

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

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


Bloom Color:
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Soil pH requirements:
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Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive duriandurian 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.

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