Malabar Spinach (Basella alba)
Malabar Spinach (Basella alba)
Malabar Spinach (Basella alba)

Malabar Spinach (Basella alba)

Regular price $12.95
39 in stock

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

Malabar Spinach (Basella alba) is a widely-used fast-growing edible perennial vine native to Southeast Asia and India. It's vitamin-rich leaf is thick and succulent.  The stem is vibrant red in color and the leaves are green with splashes of red.  

Malabar Spinach is heat loving, drought tolerant, and does well in sandy soil.  It's a great summer alternative to spinach or other leafy greens. Malabar Spinach is an essential summer plant in the Sow Exotic permaculture garden. We have it planted under fruit trees and along fence lines for a beautiful, tropical, ornamental look.

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, Vine.  Malabar Spinach can also be grown as an Annual in temperate climates as a heat-loving alternative to Spinach.

Harvest Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Mature Size: Up to 8-10 ft long

Soil & Moisture: Fertile, well-drained soil

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun


Climate Zones: USDA plant hardiness Zones 7+

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.