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    08 / 01 / 2014

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Help me identify this plant


  • jake12121212 Master Identifier says:

    My friends from India call it “BA-sa-la” (Phonetically) Scientifically: Basella alba It is known under various common names in English, including Pui, vine spinach, red vine spinach, climbing spinach, creeping spinach, buffalo spinach, malabar spinach and ceylon spinach among others. I found a link to it on Walter’s site while searching for New Zealand spinach The stem of the cultivar Basella alba ‘Rubra’ is reddish-purple.

    August 11th, 2014 at 1:02am

  • jake12121212 Master Identifier says:

    I grew New Zealand Spinach many years ago and mine did not look quite like this(different seeds). However, I am currently growing something that looks like this. I will try to get you a foreign name for it. The plant was given to my brother 3 years ago by a Chinese woman. I saved the purple staining seed pods and grew it the past two years. Last year a woman from India could not believe I was growing this favorite Indian plant. Show the picture to any Indian or Chinese and I bet they could tell us what it is. The first year I picked and ate individual leaves (very time consuming). I have since discovered that the end 10-12 inches of the stem is cut with the leaves attached and the whole piece is eaten steamed or stir-fried. This plant loves hot dry weather. It has a very “spinachy” taste and grows all summer up to frost.

    August 6th, 2014 at 1:43am

  • Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    New Zealand spinach

    August 3rd, 2014 at 10:51am

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