Brazilian Spinach Alternanthera sp. makes a wonderful edible border plant. It is a perennial with a beautiful decorative, crinkly leaf that adds a firm, crunchy texture in a leafy salad. It can also be cooked. Plucking the leaves downward encourages new leaves to shoot from the leaf axil. The plant is cut back to the ground every year, refreshing the foliage, with worm castings added to the surrounding soil to enrich it. It is a great green leaf vegetable in the hot summer when everything else is wilting.
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