Shrub Malabar Spinach

padma_2009June 12, 2009

Has anyone heard of Shrub Malabar Spinach. I have the Malabar Spinach Vine or climber. I am interested in the Shrub variety. If anyone knows of a link or source from where I can get it, it would be of great help.

The difference between the two:

Shrub Malabar Spinach: Grows 3-4 feet in height. The stem and leaves are thick and slightly fleshy and are edible. Can be eaten the same way as spinach ( cooked or raw). The leaves are glossy and 1"-1 1/2" wide and 3-4" long. Can be grown from stem cuttings or seeds. It bears beautiful magenta colored small flowers which fruit into purple fruits which stain when crushed.

Vine Malabar Spinach: Grows 10-20 feet and needs a trellis to climb.The stems and leaves are thick and fleshy and are edible. Eaten the same way as spinach. The leaves are glossy and 3-4" wide and more of a heart shape. Can be grown from stem cuttings or seeds. It bears beautiful magenta colored small flowers which fruit into purple fruits which stain when crushed. There is another variety in the malabar vine which has the characteristics but has a red stem.

Padma

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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

Hiya Padma and everyone,

I've grown the vining type of Malabar spinach in several past years and really loved it. I'm not at all familiar with a shrub type, so let us know if you find a source. Happy hunting. :)

Take care,
Grant

    Bookmark   June 15, 2009 at 4:46PM
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padma_2009

Hi Grant,

No luck so far....:( :(

Padma

    Bookmark   June 18, 2009 at 3:10PM
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Seedssun

Malabar Spinach is not good...
i had tons of plant...
don't taste good...
i hated it...
it behaves like a jelly fish.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2011 at 2:32PM
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