New Zealand Spinach

One of the few greens that grow well in warm weather and spreads as a good thick ground cover is the perennial New Zealand Spinach. Well, perhaps it’s growing so well in our present heat-wave is because I grow most of mine on the East side where the morning sun does not dry the soil so drastically.

NZ spinach

NZ spinach

Tiny yellow buds and seeds which are still green.

Tiny yellow blooms and seeds which are still green.

Brown seeds will soon fall and re-grow.

Brown seeds will soon fall and re-grow.

When a few gardening friends visited this morning and mentioned its refreshingly green leaves and cute little flowers, it made me realize that I have actually taken this delicious spinach a little for granted. They just grow and re-grow, making them available for additions to salads, omelets, pasta, noodles, etc. and only slow their growth, temporarily thinning out, during a Florida winter when there is frost.

Is each plant actually growing continuously or are seeds perpetually re-growing? I do not know for sure (yet) but if it falls under the category “Perennial”, I’ll agree to that.

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