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Red Aztec Spinach (Huauzontle) (300 seeds) (OG130) $2.50

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Red Aztec Spinach (Huauzontle)

         
 
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(Chenopodium berlandiera) A relative of Lamb's Quarters and Quinoa, it initially has pink-hued seeds and foliage with stunning green and hot pink striped branches and stems. It is extremely drought resistant and can be dry farmed!. Used for its edible green leaves, seed heads, and stems when young. It is used for grain and seed when mature. This ancient crop was originally used to make tortillas before corn! When allowed to fully grow, it can reach 4-6 ft tall with seed heads at the end of each branch. This gorgeous ornamental also lacks the bitter saponins that quinoa contains and gets mostly ignored by local wildlife. Easy to grow, prolific seed production, delicious seeds and leaves, and uniquely beautiful. Grown by Matt Powers in Central Valley California. Over 300 seeds per pack.
 
Red Aztec Spinach (Huauzontle)
Overall Rating:
         
5.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 1
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0

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Nickname:
TLA
Location:
Wheatland, MO, United States
Date:
August 7, 2017
          5.0
 
Beautiful and practical
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Large, colorful, edible

What are the cons? Very tiny seedlings

Review:

I have Huazontle "bushes" standing 5-6' tall and strong in poor, tight, rocky soil, subjected this season to heavy winds and spring rains, then baking heat (typical Missouri conditions). The plants are thick with leaves that look like lamb's quarters but with strong hints of red. The leaves taste like lamb's quarters, too, though subtly different (and good). They ripened in great swaths of seeds, with many leaves turning flame red. I recommend this as a decorative substitute for spinach, great for giving partial shade to peppers and other plants that need protection in a Missouri July. This is my first year growing Huazontle. I started transplants in March and sowed directly in May. The transplants did better, but they start very tiny. Direct sowing is a gamble with the winds and rains as they are.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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