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On May 4, 2013, BryanBurlingame from Burlingame, CA wrote:
Just got this plant - looks great but haven't tried eating it yet.
"...that it will nearly always revert to the wild type with solid green leaves...and the green leafed type may contain toxic alkaloids..."
Can anyone point to an authoritative source for this information? I've seen this mentioned on random web pages, yet I haven't been able to find any apparently well-researched sites mentioning this reverting to a toxic form. I'm beginning to suspect this is a myth.
I have a question. I'd like to try to grow this plant indoors. I live in Minnesota (so NOTHING is growing here now), but I have a grow light and a humidifier. Has anyone had any success growing these indoors?
On Nov 19, 2012, virginia14 from Tamborine Mountain Australia wrote:
Does anyone know where I can get this plant in Australia? As it does not grow from seed I cannot get it from any other country, but need to obtain a plant or cuttings. I am very keen to try it after reading lots of positive things about it.
On May 27, 2008, Campfiredan from Alachua, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:
It grows very well here near Gainesville FL, especially in the shade where nothing else survives. It freezes back to the ground some winters but comes back in the spring. It is easy to add to just about any recipe in place of spinach but it turns all green when it is cooked so add it after cooking if you are looking for the purple color in the dish. Or garnish the dish with fresh cut leaves on the side.
This plant attracts butterflies and is a host plant to the Kamehameha butterfly.
It was introduced as a food plant from Africa to Australia, and then from Aust to NZ and the other Pacific islands.
The problem with reproducing this plant from seed is that it will nearly always revert to the wild type with solid green leaves...and the green leafed type may contain toxic alkaloids. The toxic green leafed form grows wild from wind-distributed seed in numerous Pacific islands such as Okinawa, Fiji, Samoa and Hawaii.
Losing the fancy purple coloration, and the safer food qualities that many gardeners desire, is very counterproductive.
So, this plant should be reproduced by cuttings if at all possible.
On Jan 24, 2005, foodiesleuth from Honomu, HI (Zone 11) wrote:
I love this purple and green spinach and had some growing a few years back in our garden. We have since moved and we lost our plants. I have been looking for seeds ever since and have not been able to get them.
When I ask for Okinawan spinach here, they point to a plant that is sort of viny and the leaves are all one shade of green. It is said that eating a few leaves of this particular 'Okinawan' spinach on a daily basis will help lower cholesterol. I use this also in salads and inside tortilla wraps.
TO: Breezymeadow - A huge Mahalo! The address provided at the bottom of the article on the link you sent is just 4 miles up the road from where I live! I'm contacting them this morning to see if I can get cuttings.....Thanks, again!
I was able to get some cuttings and now have two fairly healthy plants. They are still sort of small, but I think they will make it.
On Jan 23, 2005, IslandJim from Keizer, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:
Gynura crepiodes is a tropical, sup-tropical vegetable that makes a nice addition to salads. It can also be eaten when cooked. It is grown commercially as a vegetable in China. It is also an attractive pot plant--shiny green leaves above, purple underneath. Grows well in subtropical Florida. It is somewhat frost intolerant until established.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Casas Adobes, Arizona San Diego, California Alachua, Florida Bartow, Florida Brandon, Florida Gainesville, Florida Ives Estates, Florida Lake Helen, Florida Loxahatchee, Florida Paradise Heights, Florida Sarasota, Florida South Venice, Florida Tarpon Springs, Florida Titusville, Florida Yeehaw Junction, Florida Hawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaii Honomu, Hawaii Pukalani, Hawaii