I was please to discover this unusual plant with dual personality. It arrived last week in good condition and I’ll nurture it to bulk up before trying spinach leaves and strawberry buds!
Chenopodium capitatum (Strawberry Spinach) Herb Plant
Some Herbs may be too tall for our standard packaging and will be trimmed to fit. This will not be detrimental to the plant but will mean that these herbs will flower later in the year.
The Blister packs used to protect our beautiful herbs during transit are made from 100% recycled plastic and can be recycled kerbside.
Strawberry Spinach (Chenopodium capitatum) Herb in 9cm Pot
Chenopodium capitatum, most commonly known as 'Strawberry Spinach', 'Strawberry Sticks' or 'Strawberry Blite'. Strawberry spinach is an unusual plant, whose fruits are small, pulpy, bright red and edible, resembling strawberries, hence the name. Originally from the Americas, the juice from the flowers was used as a red dye by natives. It is easy to grow and very attractive ideal for the border or containers. It prefers a sunny position in any fertile, well drained garden soil and will flower from June to August. The red berries are pretty and unusual as well as edible, and are produced once this annual has bolted you can harvest the seed yourself to grow again.
The berries are really grown more for their visual appeal than taste, you can eat the berries in salads, they can also be used as red food colouring. The greens are edible raw or as a pot herb, but if raw should be eaten in moderation as they contain oxalates. Better to use this as a spinach substitute and cook the leaves.
Buy Strawberry Spinach Online
Our potted Strawberry Spinach herb plants are generally available to buy online between March and September
|Chenopodium capitatum (Strawberry Spinach) Herb Plant|
|Aspect/Site||Full sun/Partial shade|
|Soil Type||Light free-draining soil|
|Latin Name||Chenopodium capitatum|
|Hardiness||RHS rating H2 - Tender - Keep frost free|
|Type of Garden||Herb|
I couldn't resist giving this a try, and planting it next to some actual strawberry plants for the humour value. Plant arrived in good condition and now just a few short weeks later the 'strawberry' seed clusters are starting to redden. Looks great, interesting taste too.