Okinawan Spinach, also called Okinawa Spinach, is a perennial groundcover that can be grown in the ground in USDA Zones 9 to 11, or in pots in Zones 4 to 11. It has average water requirements, likes full sun to partial shade, and needs little if any maintenance to grow a lush carpet of edible leaves and bright orange flowers. The leaves are deeply serrated, but not at all sharp or prickly, with deep green tops and striking purple undersides. Okinawan Spinach makes a beautiful landscape border or bedding plant under taller shrubs or trees.
Mature Okinawan Spinach forms a dense groundcover bed that is typically between 10 and 24 inches tall. Leaves can be harvested at any time and are eaten raw or cooked. It can be grown easily from cuttings, so you can grow a dense bed in the ground in warm climates, and overwinter a few plants in pots in colder zones. Overall Okinawan Spinach is a sturdy, easy to grow groundcover that has beautiful green and purple foliage, orange blooms, and gives you a renewable supply of delicious spinach-like edible leaves.