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New Zealand Spinach

Tetragonia tetragonoides

Also known as

Warrigal Greens, Warrigal-Cabbage, Wild Spinach

Full Sun
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size





New Zealand Spinach Overview

A perennial which grows well in dry soils and hot weather. Tends to grow wild on sandy and stony beaches along the coast. The plants are usually grown as annuals. Seeds are planted in late spring when there is no danger of frost, or may be started indoors, then planted outside, at least 45 cm apart. They do best in deep, sandy soil, and will soon quickly spread. Tips of the shoots are pinched out and used when 8cm long, they then produce ample side shoots. The tenderest shoots and leaves may also be eaten raw.

How to propagate New Zealand Spinach


By seed.

Other uses of New Zealand Spinach