Name: Basella rubra aka Malabar spinach
Type of Plant: A tropical vine that can grow to about 6 feet tall in one growing season. Although this is not really a spinach, it has leaves that taste and cook up like that leafy vegetable, hence the common name.
Why I love this: This is a small vine that is decorative and appropriate for obelisks and trellises. A great plant for the edible landscape because it’s both ornamental and tasty!
A Word to the Wise: Because this is a tropical plant, it doesn’t really get going until the temperatures rise and the hours of daylight are long. Therefore, if you want it to grow and produce leaves more quickly, start it in a greenhouse or another very bright, protected location in late-April and plant outside in the garden at the end of May.