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Basella alba

 
Basella alba
Malabar spinach
Common name Malabar spinach
Family basellaceae
Life cycle tender perennial
Flowers purple/white
Size 2-6'
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes rich, moisture-retentive soil

Tropical vine whose edible leaves can be used as a spinach substitute. Native to tropical Africa and Asia, it doesn't appreciate any kind of cold, and is killed by even mild frosts – so definitely an annual for us.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: houston back yard

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