Basella Rubra, Climbing Spinach
A tasty alternative to traditional spinach, this gorgeous combination of deep green leaves set against burgundy stems and violet blooms seems right at home in your border. Edible leaves can be used throughout summer when regular spinach will not grow and thrives in heat and humidity. Young leaves can be cooked and added to recipes and fresh leaves make a great salad. Growing to 10 feet or more, Basella Rubra is a lovely vine for trellises and arbors in full sun and rich, moisture retentive soil. Pkt. 20
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Best sown where they are to grow after danger of frost has passed. Plant ¼ inch deep in rich, moisture retentive soil and full sun. Can be started indoors 6-8 wks. before last frost. Germinates in 10-15 days.