Good King Henry (Blitum bonus-henricus)

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Botanical names:
Blitum bonus-henricus Accepted
Chenopodium bonus-henricus Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Plant Height: 12-36 inches
Plant Spread: 12-18 inches
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Green
Other: green
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Groundcover
Salad greens
Cooked greens
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Stem
Eating Methods: Raw
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: Needs no stratification.
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Wind

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Posted by Cyclaminist (Minneapolis, Minnesota - Zone 5a) on May 13, 2016 1:02 PM

A perennial vegetable similar to Lambsquarters (Chenopodium album) or Spinaches (Spinacia oleracea). Grows well in partial shade. When started from seed, takes several years before it is big enough to harvest. Has a taproot that grows bigger to store energy for next year's growth.

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