Tetragonia tetragonoides – Warrigal Greens

Tetragonia, Warrigal greens, or New Zealand spinach, is a low growing, perennial, edible groundcover with a trailing habit. It grows in poor, dry conditions, but an open position with moist, light fertile soil will produce a flourishing plant. It is frost sensitive.

This plant is also native to Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Chile and Argentina, and is not related to true spinach, but the leaves can be used in a similar way. Like true spinach, it is high in iron, beta carotene and folic acid, and like spinach, it contains oxalates. The oxalates can be lessened by blanching in very hot water and draining off the water before use.

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Family : Aizoaceae
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Plant Type : Ground cover
Width : 2
Flowering Time : Summer, Autumn
Soil Type : Sandy, Sandy loam, Potting mix, Saline, Poor soil
Climate Zone : Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid
Growth Habit : Evergreen, Open foliage, Spreading, Mound-shaped
Soil Moisture : Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Special Uses : Edible, Pipe and drain friendly, Fast growing, Playground friendly
Scientific Name: Tetragonia tetragonoides
Common Name : Warrigal Greens
Height : 0.5
Flower Color : Yellow
pH Level : Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Plant Environment : Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Container growing, Coastal garden
Light : Sunny, Light shade
Lifespan : Annual, Biennial, Perennial
Frost Tolerance : Tolerates light frost
Attracts Wildlife : Mammals