Malabar Spinach - Green

Basella alba

Malabah Spinach at Lismore NSW Australia growing up a trellis

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Grows well under full sunlight in hot, humid climates. Growth is slow in low temperatures resulting in low yields. It grows best in sandy loam soils rich in organic matter with pH ranging from 5.5 to 8.0. Leaves are high in vitamin A, vitamin c, iron and calcium. Malabar spinach may be used to thicken soups or as a leafy green in stir fries.A green stemmed selection that does not seed as readily as the red.


Specifications of Malabar Spinach - Green

Preferred Climate Subtropical, Warm TemperateLearn About Climate Zones

Grown From SeedlingLearn About Propagation Methods

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions) 0-1m

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

Can it Handle Frosts? Sometimes

Amount of leaves in Winter? All Leaves (Evergreen)

Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas WA

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


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Malabar Spinach - Green Reviews & Tips

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Ash Planner
2y ago

Perth, WA

Malabar Spinach - Green

Grows really well in late spring and summer, very easy to grow, just put it next to something to grow on and watch it go. To me it doesn't taste like regular spinach, similar but.. a little different I guess.

4y ago


This plant is the best performing out of the others, I had started some from seed and some from cuttings. In the tropics these are perennials but here in Melbourne the are treated as annuals. The plant in the photo is my best performing and is 3 months...

5y ago

Lismore, NSW, Australia

Malabar Spinach - Green

My ducks LOVE this green. I grow it in a large tub and keep it covered with chicken wire so only the leaves stick out as they grow, that way the plant can keep continuing to grow and feed everyone. Has a slight mucilaginous texture but nice to eat.

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