Malabar Spinach (Basella alba)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Basella alba Accepted
Basella rubra Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Strongly acid (5.1 – 5.5)
Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 8 - 25 feet
Fruit: Showy
Other: Deep purple to black drupes.
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Pink
White
Other: Pinkish-white
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Fall
Late fall or early winter
Suitable Locations: Espalier
Uses: Vegetable
Salad greens
Suitable as Annual
Edible Parts: Stem
Leaves
Eating Methods: Raw
Cooked
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Scarify seeds: Mechanical scarification with a sharp knife, sandpaper or file is needed to open the tough seed coat. Seeds can also be soaked in warm water for 24 hours before sowing.
Needs specific temperature: 60ºF
Days to germinate: 10 - 21 days.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Tip
Other: Plants will also root readily wherever stem nodes touch the soil.
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots

Can live happily in a container with adaquate water.

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April 10, 2015

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Location: Jacksonville, TXDate: 2012-10-31
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Plant Events from our members
ricelg On January 1, 2018 Plant emerged
Leaves emerging. Now 3 of 6 fully germinated
ricelg On December 30, 2017 Seeds germinated
Began to germinate (2/6)
ricelg On December 24, 2017 Seeds sown
Winter sowed outdoors in plastic jug
ricelg On December 22, 2017 Seeds sown
Sowed 6 cells (indoors)
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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2 mysteries by johndforbes Sep 15, 2019 12:36 PM 4
What did I buy? Not malabar spinach... by Thenewguy Aug 29, 2019 2:40 AM 2
I planted either a Hibiscus from seed or a Rose of Sharon from seed by chris1948 Sep 3, 2016 4:29 PM 11
Volunteer for id please by bonitin Jul 15, 2015 9:54 PM 13
Salt tolerant plants by eclayne Feb 8, 2013 9:39 PM 130
Please help ID this plant by riette Feb 28, 2012 7:49 PM 59
Malabar Spinach by wildflowers Apr 28, 2015 10:18 AM 52

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