Sambung Spinach. Daun Dewa (Longevity Spinach) /Gynura Procumbens/

Sambung Spinach is a vigorous, herbaceous, perennial plant producing stems that scramble over the ground or twine into other plants for support.

An attractive plant with shiny leaves which are green on top and purple underneath with very small yellowish orange thistle-like flowers.

It is hardy, low-maintenance and productive perennial spinach.

Uses

Usage

It is eaten in many of the same ways as spinach.
Perfect for spinach pies, quiches and stir-fries. Don’t overcook.
Makes a good green leaf for smoothies, as it is low in oxalic acid.

Production Requirements

Climate

Subtropics to tropics.

Cultivation

Sambung thrives in warm, wet conditions in full sun to partial shade.
Grow in a fertile well-drained soil that is kept mulched.

Propagation

Propagated by soft wood-cuttings15-20cm in a pot or plant directly in the ground. Remove the leaves from the bottom half of the stem and bury, leaving the top half above ground and keep moist until established.
Space at 50cm intervals and within a few months it will create a dense mat.

Edible parts

Leaves and growing tips.
Growing tips and young leaves are the most tender and can be eaten raw while the older leaves are best cooked.

Risks and weed potential

None known.

Harvesting & Processing

Harvest

Leaves are at their most tender during Spring and Summer.
They will toughen once the plant flowers.
Keep the plant productive by harvesting the top 5cm from each stem.
This promotes growth and keeps the plant compact.

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