This easy to grow plant produces edibles leaves and fruit
An old-fashioned plant that dates to 1600 in Europe. This curious plant produces greens that are picked and cooked like spinach, but it also produces attractive, red berries that are bland in flavor. These add a nice touch to fruit salads. Easy-to-grow plants are similar to “Lamb’s Quarters”, a wild relative. Found in a monastery garden.Chenopodium capitatum
This curious plant produces greens that are picked and cooked like spinach. It also produces attractive, red berries that look like a raspberry and strawberry hybrid fruit and make a great dye. Unfortunately they don't taste much like raspberry or strawberry.
- Ease of Growing
- Grown as
- Days to Maturity
- 55-60 (Spring/Summer), 60-65 (Fall/Winter)
- Growing Habit
Strawberry spinach is usually grown as an annual, but it can perennialize in areas with milder climates.
- Spring Transplant, Spring, Fall Transplant, Fall
- Growing Season
- Short, Long
- Cultivar Type
- Growing Conditions
- Cool, Warm, Hot-
- Outdoor Growing Temp
- 50°F - 80°F
- Min Outdoor Soil Temp
Strawberry Spinach will be very slow to germinate in soil below 50˚ F.
- Start Indoors
- Start Outdoors
- Sun: min. 6 hours daily (Cool)
In cool weather the plants will need full sun for most rapid growth.
These fast-growing plants must have all of the water they need for rapid growth. It is important that the soil is kept moist at all times.
These greens grow quickly and for best growth and flavor they should have all of the nutrients readily available, which means the soil needs to be fairly fertile. Their main requirement is for nitrogen, but they also need moderate amounts of potassium and phosphorus.
- Tolerates light frost
- Small Gardens?
Grow in a container at least 12" deep.
- Attracts beneficial insects?
- Fruit Size
- Plant Height
- Plant Diameter
- Hardiness Zone
- Disease Resistance
- Taste Profile
Leaves have a nutty-like flavor. Sweet berries are bland in flavor.