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Dune spinach

Tetragonia decumbens

Sea spinach (Eng.), Duinespinasie, Seeslaai, Kinkelbos (Afr.)

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A perennial groundcover found on sand dunes along the coast of Namibia and South Africa. It plays an important role in dune stabilisation and is resistant to coastal weather conditions. The stems and leaves are edible and can be eaten raw or boiled and served with melting butter. It is a fast-growing, low-maintenance plant that requires little watering and will thrive in poor, sandy soils.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Summer, Spring
Fruiting time
Summer

Propagation

Division
Divide pieces of the stem that have roots attached to them and replant directly into the required position. Keep soil moist at first until the roots have established themselves.

Special features

Attractive leaves
Beautiful green leaves quickly covering sandy slopes. Leaves glisten in the sun due to small water-storage cells at the surface of the leaves.
Drought resistant
Waterwise and use to grow in windy situations in sandy soil with winter rains.
Pioneer
Will quickly cover new areas to stabilize soil.

Geography

Origin
Coastal dunes from Namibia to the Eastern Cape of South Africa
Natural climate
Temperate and Subtropical

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Alkaline, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Edible
New growth that occurs during the rainy season is best used for dining. Wash tops and leafy stems to discard any clinging sea sand. Boil and enjoy with butter and seasoning to flavour as it is considered to be quite bland.

Personality

Family
Aizoaceae
Flower colour
Yellow
Scent
None

Problems

Small insects might feed on the leaves, but is generally not affected by diseases.

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