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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
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
Other: Pinkish-white
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Late fall or early winter
Suitable Locations: Espalier
Uses: Vegetable
Salad greens
Suitable as Annual
Edible Parts: Stem
Eating Methods: Raw
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

Common names
  • Malabar Spinach
  • Ceylon Spinach
  • Climbing Spinach
  • Indian Spinach
  • Gambian Bologi
  • Malabar Nightshade
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Basella alba
  • Synonym: Basella rubra
  • Synonym: Basella cordifolia

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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)
piksihk On December 12, 2019 Seeds sown
old seeds from trade
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