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Bower Spinach

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Scientific name
Tetragonia implexicoma
Common name
Bower Spinach
Plants that Clothe the Bluff
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Plant Form
Scramblers, climbers and twiners
Where to find
Across the entire Bluff
Foliage
Thick, bright green, spade-shaped leaves to 8 cm long
Flower
Single, scented, small pale-yellow flowers on long stalks
Size
H Prostrate/scrambling x W 2 m
Flowering
J F M A M J J A S O N D
Description
This common Bluff plant has fleshy, spade-shaped edible leaves and is in flower most of the year, with small, fragrant, yellow four-petalled flowers.

Bower Spinach tolerates extreme dry and salty conditions and grows in full sun. Invaluable as a soil stabiliser and ground cover. Readily climbs if support provided, creating bowers over supports and in trees or shrubs. Its succulent red berries are an important food source for birds and lizards.

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