Scientific Name: Basella alba 'Rubra' Form: Creeping / Mat-like, Climbing
Common Name:vine spinach, Malabar spinach Texture:Medium
Family Name:BasellaceaeHabit: Spreading
Plant Type: Vine or climber Mature Size (ht. X w.):1.3 - 2.0m x 0.6 - 1.0m
Origin: South Asia / India, S.E. Asia / Japan / China Hardiness Zone:Zone 10: (-1 to 4 C)
Leaves: Simple, Alternate, Succulent, Glabrous, Ovate, Entire
Flowers: Spike, Pink, White, Sep- Oct
Fruit: Berry (true), Black, Oct
Exposure: Full sun only if soil kept moist
Soil or Media: Humus rich
Landscape Uses: Arbors or trellis, Urban agriculture, Herb
Key ID Features:Climbing vine; leaves ovate, margins entire, thick, dark green, taste like spinach, petioles short; florets pink tinged, urn shaped, about 3 mm long, in spikes about 3-4 cm long.