GB CULTURAL INFO: Perennial/Height 12"/Spacing 12"/
DAYS TO MAT: 80
SEEDS PER PACKET: 75
SOURCE CODE: C
APPROX GERM DAYS: 14-49
PLANTING DEPTH: 1/2"
WHEN TO PLANT: late-Spring or Early Summer
PACKET LABEL INSTRUCTIONS: Start in pots in fall or very early spring - needs a period of moist cold (stratification) before sprouting when weather warms. Outdoors is best, as fluctuating temps help germination. Or try this: pre-soak seed overnight, then chill 2 days in fridge. Sow ½" deep 2-4" apart in flats or direct. Transplant 1' apart (or thin if direct-sown) in good soil with protection from hot sun. Perennial zones 5-9. Tolerates shade - doesn't like hot weather.
BOTANICAL NAME: Chenopodium bonus-henricus
DESCRIPTION: This rare plant is also called: Poor-man's Asparagus, Perennial Goosefoot, Lincolnshire Spinach or Markery, Mercury or Lincolnshire Spinach. It has fleshy long-stalked, arrow-shaped leaves. A perennial to, at least, zone 6. Delicious flower clusters. Will grow anywhere, but responds best to good cultivation. A hardy perennial that vigorously self-seeds itself. Potherb cooked and eaten much like spinach, also used in salads. Rich in vitamins A & C, as well as calcium.