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Botanical Name: Alternanthera sissoo

A low growing perennial leaf vegetable, which forms a neat mound to 30 cm high, rather than spreading in a mat. This growth habit makes it a handy plant for edging paths, especially in partial shade as it is quite shade-tolerant. It is suitable for subtropical and tropical areas only; it is unlikely to do well further south than Sydney. It will tolerate most soils although it prefers a moderate to rich loam, it dislikes water logging. Plant in full sun to medium shade. Use it steamed or stir-fried rather than in salads.

Other Names: Poor Mans Spinach, Samba Lettuce, Sissoo Spinach #AM
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Height: 20-30cm
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Preferred Climate

Tropical, Subtropical
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)


Plants required to Pollinate

1 (Self Pollinating)
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Can it Handle Frosts?


Amount of leaves in Winter?

All Leaves (Evergreen)

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Water Requirements

Moderate Watering

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest

First Year

Sun or Shade

Full (Sun:80%-100%), Part (Sun:50-80%)

Preferred Soil Type

Good Drainage

Soil pH

Neutral (6.6-7.3pH)




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Brazilian Sissoo Spinach (Cutting) 10/10

Luong21's Edible Fruits
Update: 1107 days 1hrs

Comments: - Great replacement for spinach when it's to hot and lettuce and English spinach go to bolt. Growing great in a pot only need to water once a week. This has done great in Melbourne. I love it. 

Planted: 2016

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

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Brazilian Sissoo Spinach 9/10

Carol3's Edible Fruits
Update: 747 days 5hrs

Comments: - A good year round supplier of leafy greens.  Good spinach substitute for tropical climate.  Should be cooked if consumed in large amounts due to oxalic acid content. Can be eaten raw in salads, etc but consumption should be restricted of the raw leaf.

Height 30 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Never

Organic Status:Organic

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