Basella rubra

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Basella rubra

Post by M Farooq » July 4th, 2013, 4:39 am

Botanical Name Basella rubra
Family Basellaceae
Local Name in Urdu NA
Common Name Malabar spinach, Indian spinach
Life Cycle Evergreen
Cultivar Name NA
Category(Bush/Vine/Tree) Vine
Height Can climb few feet
Spacing Not critical
Flowering Months Winter
Flower Color Very small flowers, as white dots with purple spots
Growing Areas Tropical
Frost Tender Yes
Exposure Full sunlight, may tolerate some shade
Soil pH No specific issue known
Propagation Stem cutting, seeds
Uses Edible, Ornamental
Other Details Basella is a very easy to grow beautiful vine, not because its flowers but because of it green and maroon leaves. It is edible but as the common name may indicate, it does not belong to the spinach family. It does very well in pots.
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