Okinawa spinach (Gynura crepioides)
Okinawa spinach (Gynura crepioides)is a perennial lefty vegetable plant that grows rapidly in warm climates. It grows to about 2 feet in height, but can spread rapidly as a grown cover. It thrives in full sun and also grows well in partial shade. It will die back in freezing temperatures, but will grow back in the spring. The plant also time of year, and the orange blooms attract Monarch butterflies.
Okinawa Spinach is related to Longevity spinach; however, the leaves of Okinawa have a purple underside. Both the leaves and young stems can be eaten raw or cooked and provide an excellent source of nutrition. Cooked leaves and stems make a great addition to stews or soups. During the growing season, prune and eat daily. Okinawa Spinach will regenerate quickly and can be harvested for years.