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Basella alba - Malabar Spinach

All purpose spinach, but also an ornamental groundcover or climber for shady, wet places. Basella alba grows fast in hot, humid and lightly shaded conditions. Leaves can be picked continuosly and are often eaten lightly cooked, as a spinach.

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All purpose spinach, but also an ornamental groundcover or climber for lightly shaded, wet places. Basella alba grows fast in hot, humid and lightly shaded conditions. Leaves can be picked continuosly and are often eaten lightly cooked, as a spinach. Leaves are high in vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, and calcium, protein and soluble fibres. It is helpful to human metabolism in many ways and it is nowadays often sold as a nutritional supplement. 

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Cultivation Protected
Plant origin Asia
Presentation Potted Plant
Botanical family Basellaceae
Light Medium
Light Shade
Minimum winter temperature 5 ºC to 15 ºC
Flowering Season Summer
Plant type Herbaceous
Color Green
Care Pot
Shape Perennials
Shape Climbers
Shape Groundcovers