Plant Type
Sunlight Amount


New Zealand Spinach

Like Malabar spinach, New Zealand spinach is a great way to enjoy a tender green even in the heat of summer, when regular spinach doesn't grow well. In the warmest regions of the United States, it can be grown as a perennial, but in most regions it grows best as a warm-season annual.

Its flavor is similar than regular spinach but a little milder. The plant grows quite differently from regular spinach. Instead of forming a bunch, New Zealand spinach branches and spreads like a vine. Harvest the interesting medium-green triangular leaves and silvery expanding leaves, and use them exactly as you would spinach -- raw in salads, sauteed, or cooked.

genus name
  • Tetragonia tetragonioides
  • Sun
plant type
  • Vegetable
  • 1 to 3 feet
  • 1-3 feet wide
harvest tips
  • Harvest tender growing tips of the plant from midsummer onward until frost. Cut several inches of stem to remove the tips and side leaves. The plant will branch and regrow from the cut stem.

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