Sweet Leaf Bush

Sauropus androgynus

Sweet Leaf - Flower

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Sweet Leaf Bush has been a popular leafy green perennial vegetable in Malaysia (especially Borneo) for many years.The crop grows rapidly in hot humid conditions but becomes relatively dormant in cooler environments. It will grow in acid soils and in heavy clay soils.The leaves and the top 15cm of stem tips of the Sauropus plant have a pleasant taste, similar to fresh garden peas, with a slightly nutty flavour. It is one of the most popular leaf vegetables in Southeast Asia and is notable for high yields and palatability.[6] The shoot tips have been sold as tropical asparagus. In Vietnam, the locals cook it with crab meat, minced pork or dried shrimp to make soup. In Malaysia, it is commonly stir-fried with egg or dried anchovies.WARNING: Do not use raw in green smoothies. People using the leaves in this way can ingest large amounts and have subsequently developed significant health issues affecting the lungs. Small amounts used raw in salads is generally fine to ingest. Used in cooking, it is very safe. The crop grows rapidly in hot humid conditions but becomes relatively dormant in cooler environments. It will grow in acid soils and in heavy clay soils.

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Specifications of Sweet Leaf Bush

Preferred Climate Tropical, SubtropicalLearn About Climate Zones

Grown From CuttingLearn About Propagation Methods

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions) 2-5m

Plants required to Pollinate 1 (Self Pollinating)Learn about Pollination

Can it Handle Frosts? Likes Temps above 5deg

Amount of leaves in Winter? All Leaves (Evergreen)

Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas WA

Suitability in Pots Yes

Fruiting/Harvest Months February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December


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★★★★ 2y ago


Sauropus androgynus. Has to be grown in a pot here - the winter is a bit too cold for it in the soil, out in the open. I move the pot under the eaves on the north facing verandah in winter and it does well there in the warm sun. It rarely needs water a...

★★★ 5y ago

RUNCORN, QLD, Australia

I'm always looking for more greens that will grow in our grimey, humid summers. I've heard excellent things about the flavour.

6y ago

2216, NSW, Australia

Sweet Leaf Bush

It's called Cekur Manis in malay. I wish to see more green vegetables like this that are usually used in malay cooking

Alison Green
6y ago

Buderim, Sunshine Coast, QLD, Australia

Sweet Leaf Bush

I have a tree in a garden bed that I grew from a seedling from Yandina Community Gardens. It's flourishing thanks to the recent rain. It slows right down in winter. Seems a v resilient plant and the leaves taste delicious.

Ray Sharkey
8y ago

Cairns, QLD, Australia

Sweet Leaf Bush

Plant the seed if possible, take a break, this is easier when planting you will get a strong plant with a healthy root system... this plant gives an amazing pink and white berry that is highly edible and tasty to eat...

Leif Sharkey
8y ago

Julatten, QLD, Australia

Sweet Leaf Bush

Sweat Leaf is the spirulina of the soil...

Leif Sharkey
8y ago

Julatten, QLD, Australia

Sweet Leaf Bush

Did you know this plant has more vitamins, minerals and protein pound for pound to any other green leafy plant...

Leong Seng Kok
8y ago

Chiangmai, Thailand, .

Sweet Leaf Bush

Following youtube link is a simple way to propagate sweet leaf bush by cutting. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5yrpZMWc4o

Marie Churcher
9y ago

Cairns, QLD, Australia

Sweet Leaf Bush

Can anyone tell me if sweetleaf is good for diabetes. My tree is flousihing on the fenceline. Likes the humid conditions, I think.

Usha Keightley
10y ago

Howard, QLD

Sweet Leaf Bush

I have about 20 bushes in my garden and grow it like hedges,always handy for a quick meal.You can grow quite easily just stick the stalk in the soil and away it grows.Keep prunning and it gets thicker and bushier.

Barry Beetham
11y ago

Brassall, Ipswich, QLD. AUSTRALIA, Australia

Sweet Leaf Bush

I have one growing in a garden bed, it's flourishing!! In Winter I prune it and come Spring, it sends up many fresh new shoots that produce lovely leaves; it grew / grows very easily with no trouble and no insect / grub / etc pests. Cow manure + water

11y ago

Brisbane, QLD

Sweet Leaf Bush

Found this very hard to keep growing first plant died within week or two of bringing it home ...not yet planted second has struggled a lot and we have had to give it 'healing' to keep it alive any tips?

12y ago

Elrington, NSW, Australia

In pot.  Has died back for winter.  As soon as new shoots appear will be planted out into permanent position

★★★★ 12y ago

Peachester, QLD, Australia

Going well. Chooks love it and its great for salads

Kevin Stan
13y ago

Auckland, NZ

Sweet Leaf Bush

It is delicius leave and mostly usefull for produce milk aftern maternity.I am looking this plant available in New Zealand

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