Basella rubra
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Basella rubra

Malabar spinach
vine spinach
pu tin choi

  family basellaceae 
  genus basella 

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Genus  Basella Species  rubra Variety  Cultivar  Common names  basella   Malabar spinach   vine spinach   pasali   pu tin choi   libato Family  BASELLACEAE Specimen number  S9186 Data source  UnVeg p17
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Annual Life span  1 year Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height    Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun to partial shade Water    Optimal soil texture  Soil texture 26 Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Basella rubra does best in full sun to partial shade. Basella rubra is known as pasali in Indian and pu tin choi in Chinese.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  It has a delicate spinach taste. The list of beneficial vitamins and minerals found in Basella rubra is impressive; notably vitamin A and vitamin C are both present. Basella (sometimes called Malabar spinach, vine spinach or libato) is most often used fresh.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Seed Pollination method    Planting style  Climbing Crop spacing  1' Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period  Apr 01 - Aug 31 Harvesting period    Frost tolerance  Tender Heat requirement  Warm Fertilizer  Nitrogen Time to harvest  continuous
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Fresh Nutritional value  Vitamin A   Vitamin C Edible parts  Leaves Description of edible parts Flavor / texture  has a delicate spinach taste
Horticulture notes  The optimal planting season is from April to August. Typical crop spacing is 1'. It requires warm days for good production. Nitrogen is required for optimal growth. The best harvesting period is continuous. Propagation of Basella rubra can be achieved by seed.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Basella rubra has an annual life cycle.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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