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This lovely edible spinach plant is easy to grow either in potted containers or in the ground, and can grow up to 2 feet tall. This fast growing plant enjoys light shade, but can handle full sun as long as it is well watered as it enjoys high moisture levels. While this plant is considered a perennial, it should be protected from frost and cold in order to ensure its survival. It has an adorable little purple flower, and is very capable of self sowing if allowed to flower and seed.
The crunchy, tangy, nutritious leaves are high in protein and rich in Vitamins A and C as well as iron and calcium. The leaves can be eaten raw in salads or lightly cooked as a green vegetable in stir-fries. It is high in oxalic acid, so consumption should be avoided or limited by those suffering from kidney disorders, gout and rheumatoid arthritis. New research suggests it protects the liver and reduces cholesterol.