This quick-growing annual has given rise to many cultivated
strains, some used as leaf vegetables (Chinese spinach), others as
bedding plants with brilliantly colored leaves. They are bushy
Cultivation: A sunny, dry position with protection from strong winds
is essential, and they enjoy a fertile, well-drained soil, mulched
during hot weather.
Prune when young to thicken growth.
Propagate from seed.
Traditional medicine applications: against external inflammation,
diuretic; treatment for bladder distress.