Chaya, Mexican Tree Spinach (Cnidoscolus aconitifolius)

Chaya, Mexican Tree Spinach (Cnidoscolus aconitifolius)

Regular price $11.95
18 in stock

Live Chaya Plant 
Ships in 100% Biodegradable 4" Coconut Fiber Planter

Cnidoscolus aconitifolius 
also known as Chaya, aka 'Mayan Tree Spinach' or 'Mexican Tree Spinach', is a large fast-growing and productive perennial shrub from the Spurge family of plants.

The plant is native to Central America, and is believed to have originated on the Yucatan peninsula. The stems of the plant are woody and succulent-like, and expel a milky white sap when cut. The plant can grow to a height of 15 feet if growth conditions allow. 

In Mexico, Chaya is eaten as a leafy green vegetable, and is very common. Chaya is cooked just like spinach and is excellent in stir-fries! It's a great source of protein, vitamins, calcium, and iron and also a rich source of antioxidants. Chaya actually has more nutritional benefit then Spinach. Chaya is quite literally, a super green! 

There is one thing to note about Chaya- the leaves under any circumstance should not be eaten raw. The plant contains a poison similar to cyanide (the stuff in Apple seeds) that is lethal and can sicken individuals when consumed. The poison is neutralized by boiling the leaves for 5-15 minutes, straining the water, and cooking in a new pot of water. This process is called blanching and is required prior to consumption. 

While Chaya is well known for it's tasty culinary uses, it also has several important traditional medicinal uses. Probably the most researched medicinal effect of Chaya is it's ability to help treat and fight diabetes. 

Order Processing & Shipping Schedule
Orders are processed and shipped at the beginning of each week via 1-3 Day USPS Priority Mail.  Average order processing time before shipment ranges from 1-14 days.

Tracking information
A confirmation email with tracking information will be sent immediately upon shipment. You can track the progress of your order online anytime by logging in to your account. Delivery confirmation will be emailed when your plants have reached their destination, so you never miss a beat!

Shipping Cost
Shipping will be calculated at checkout and varies based on order weight and your distance from the nursery.  Shipping is combined for multiple plants. The more you grow, the more you save!

Can I pick up my order at the nursery?
Yes, just select Store Pickup at checkout and schedule your pickup date/time. A member of our team will reach out if the time you have chosen needs to be rescheduled.  There are no same day pickups. 

For more frequently asked questions visit our FAQ's page.

Weather Holds
Orders placed in colder climate zones during the winter months will automatically be placed on hold until Spring or when temperatures in your area are above freezing on the expected date of delivery.  

Heat Packs
Heat packs can be purchased separately to avoid cold weather delays.
If you live in a colder climate and do not want to wait until Spring to get your new plants, we recommend adding a heat pack to your order. Your plants will ship as scheduled and arrive safely, with no risk of freezing on the way to your front door.

Plant Care

Plant Type: Perennial Herb, Shrub

Harvest Season: Year-round

Size: Up to 12 ft

Soil & Moisture: Chaya likes a variety of soil types from rich and moist to dry and sandy. Drought tolerant.

Exposure: Part Shade, Shade

Zones

Climate Zones: USDA plant hardiness Zones 9+

Patio Planting Zones: 4+

All of our tropical fruiting plants can be grown in small or large containers in northern zones or planted outside in warmer climates.