Brazilian Spinach

Brazilian Spinach

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certified organic cert number 22013

Usually available: All year

Life cycle: Perennial
Height: 30cm
Position: Sun / part shade
Soil preference: Well drained

This is how we pack and send your Herb Plants to all states except TAS & WA

You will receive
- 1 Brazilian Spinach Herb Plant in a 50 X 75mm tube - General growing instructions

All of our Herb Plants are grown organically with certified organic potting mixes and fertilizers

Botanical Name: Alternanthera sissoo

Brazilian Spinach is a low growing perennial growing as a compact mound to 30cm. If allowed to spread it may develop as a creeping ground cover in ideal tropical conditions. It has a decorative rich green colouring and a crinkled or ‘bubbly’ leaf structure. In short, it looks like a salad green which is exactly how it is used in its native Brazil. It is also used as a spinach alternative in cooking. Alternanthera sissoo is often simply called Sissoo or Sissoo Spinach and also may be referred to as Samba Lettuce and Poor Man’s Spinach.

Growing Conditions

Brazilian Spinach is a hardy, tropical plant, so it is ideal for areas of northern Australia where temperate vegetable greens may not thrive. As a comparison, this plant does well in areas like Florida. Once established, it will also survive year round in these areas providing an ongoing supply. In temperate regions, it should be treated as a hot weather annual and observed to see how the plant responds to local conditions.

This plant benefits from enriched soil and the annual addition of fertiliser. It will tolerate sunny positions. However, Sissoo thrives in fifty per cent or more shade. This means it can be planted under trees replicating a tropical environment. However, once established, Sissoo is quite tolerant of dry and hot conditions. When harvested regularly, Sissoo does not flower. It will do so if the leaves are not picked often enough and during very hot and dry conditions.

Sissoo Spinach is a vigorous grower under the right conditions and spreads without becoming invasive. It creeps along and can cover a large area if you are seeking an edible groundcover. If you harvest the plant by picking the tips, using a downward pulling motion, new leaf growth is encouraged to shoot. This maintains the groundcover in a compact appearance. It can be cut back to ground level each year if it is growing as a perennial. Propagation may be carried out by cuttings placed direct into the ground. During this time the ground should be kept moist and placing a palm frond or shade-cloth, directly over the cuttings, will help protect them in the first two weeks.

Culinary Uses

If Brazilian Spinach is to be consumed in large quantities, steaming or boiling the leaves is suggested as a means of reducing the presence of oxalates in the leaves. However, Brazilians eat Sissoo as a salad green on a regular basis, much like lettuce is used, with dressing or vinegars. Fresh Sissoo is firm and has a crunchy texture. If you don’t want to eat it raw, use Sissoo in the same way you would use spinach or silverbeet. A simple use is to chop some leaves into scrambled eggs or an omelette with mushrooms.


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Our shipping costs are a flat rate, meaning you can add any amount of products to your order and you will pay the same.

Regular Post - $10.95
Express Post - $12.95 (If your order contains a plant express is required)


We cannot send plants to Western Australia, Northern Territory & Tasmania due to restrictions.

We can send plants to Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, ACT.

Monday and Tuesday (for all zones)


We send (Australia wide):

Monday to Thursday

*Subjected to actual conditions. Find out more about our Delivery information.


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