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Gynura bicolor

Gynura bicolor
Early July
Okinawan spinach
A little bigger by early October
Gynura bicolor

Common name Okinawan spinach
Family asteraceae
Life cycle perennial (Z8-10)
Flowers yellow-orange (early fall)
Size 40"
Light sun-part shade

Perennial from the Himalayas, whose main attraction is its clump of chocolaty-purple leaves steaked with green, with a tropicalesque, fleshy appearance. I wouldn't have guessed it was a composite, but sure enough, the flowers that appear above the foliage in fall are like a cross between groundsel and a dandelion. Ours is still small.

Okinawan spinach
Flower buds early November
Gynura bicolor
Buds ready to burst
Okinawan spinach
In full flower late November
Gynura bicolor
After getting hit with a few mild freezes in December
Okinawan spinach
New growth, mid-March

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: back fence border

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