Discover the care of Tetragonia tetragonoides

Tetragonia tetragonoides also known as New Zealand Spinach, Creeping Spinach or Poor’s Spinach . It belongs to the Aizoaceae family and is native to New Zealand, Tasmania and Australia.

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Tetragonium means quadrangular, this is due to the shape of its seeds.

Characteristics of Tetragonia tetragonoides

Annual and robust herb , whose stems can reach up to 1 m, prostrate or prostrate-ascending and branching.

The leaves are deltoid, ovate-rhombic or horned, obtuse or a little acuminate, wedged or attenuated.

The flowers are subsessile, axillary, germinated or solitary, with pauciflower glomeruli, of a yellow-green color. Flowers from May to August.

The fruits are ovoid-pyramidal, somewhat compressed, with horns on each lobe.

The seeds are smooth.

Tetragonia tetragonoides care

It is a species that is used as an ornamental plant to cover land. However, it belongs to several genera, which is similar to spinach, but with a stronger flavor.

It is a species that grows in sandy soils, but it must be enriched and with a high level of salt.

It needs to be in full sun. It does not tolerate frost, so it is better to keep it protected.

Although it usually withstands watering, the ideal would be to water moderately.

The compost should be compost or green and not grow in the same place.

It is harvested from leaf to leaf, depending on what is required. Then clamp to re-develop more leaves

It multiplies by means of seeds. The seeds should be soaked in warm water for at least a few hours.


  • The leaves and young shoots of this species have a pleasant and mild flavor. Being excellent for the preparation of salads, garnishes, soups and other stews.
  • The tetragonia tetragonioides has a considerable amount of vitamin C and iron, iodine, potassium, calcium, protein, carotene and oxalic acid (in less than normal amount spinach).
  • Thanks to its properties it is used for problems of the pancreas and stomach.

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