Warrigal Greens

Tetragonia expansa Packet

Standard seed packet, 25 seeds

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  • Native Australian vegetable
  • New Zealand Spinach
  • Heat tolerant and disease resistant

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'Warrigal Greens' seeds

Tetragonia expansa

Synonyms: Tetragonia teragonoides

  • Native Australian vegetable
  • New Zealand Spinach
  • Heat tolerant and disease resistant

Frost tender perennial vegetable native to Australia and New Zealand grown for its fleshy green leaves which are often grown as a spinach substitute in the warmer months. Has a similar flavour to spinach and is used in the same manner; great for soups, stews and stir fries or as a steamed vegetable. Can be grown as a perennial in warm climates. Withstands light frosts only in cooler climates. Heat tolerant and disease resistant. Fast growing. Often called "New Zealand Spinach."

Seeds per gram: 14
Product code: X-013

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  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Quick Sowing Guide
Method Raise seedlings or sow direct
Sowing Depth 10mm
Season Spring and summer
Germination 7-21 days @ 25-30°C
Hardiness / Life Cycle Half hardy Perennial
Plant Spacing 50cm
Plant Height 20cm
Position Full sun, moist well drained soil
Days Until Maturity 50 days

*Notes: Pick regularly to encourage more growth.

How To Grow

How to Grow Warrigal Greens from Seed

Family: Aizoaceae
Binomial name: Tetragonia tetragonioides
Life Cycle: Perennial

When to Sow Warrigal greens Seeds

Although it is frost tender, Warrigal greens can be grown year-round in most climates. Avoid planting in extremely hot or cold weather which can affect germination and growth. Use the table below to identify the best time of year to sow Warrigal greens in your climate.



Warrigal greens plants are best grown in full sun or part shade. Choose a location that will receive at least 3 hours of full sun each day.

Warrigal greens plants need a well drained soil enriched with plenty of organic matter. Prepare soil by weeding it thoroughly, digging it over to loosen it and adding aged animal manure or compost. Keep the area free of weeds until planting.

Warrigal greens plants can be grown in containers. If possible choose a variety that’s recommended for container growing. Use a good quality potting mix and make sure your container is large enough for mature plants; a minimum of 20 litres is recommended for Warrigal greens. During the growing season, keep in mind that container grown plants may need additional fertiliser to encourage healthy growth.

How to Sow Warrigal greens Seeds

Warrigal greens seeds do not require any treatment (eg soaking, stratification) before sowing.

Warrigal greens seeds can be sown directly into the garden OR seedlings can be raised in trays or other containers and transplanted to the garden once established.

Sow Direct

  1. Sow seeds directly in the garden 10mm deep and 50cm apart, with rows 50cm apart.
  2. Keep soil moist but never wet or dry.
  3. Seeds should germinate in around 7-21 days at a soil temperature of 25-30°C.
  4. Young seedlings will need protection from pests, pets and weather until they are established.

Raise Seedlings

  1. Fill trays, punnets or jiffy pots with a good quality seed-raising mix, or use soil starter pellets.
  2. Sow seeds 10mm deep.
  3. Keep soil moist but never wet or dry.
  4. Seeds should germinate in around 7-21 days at a soil temperature of 25-30°C.
  5. Transplant seedlings to the garden once they have their first true leaves and are large enough to handle (usually 5-10cm tall).
  6. Plant out, spacing plants 50cm apart, with rows 50cm apart.

Warrigal greens is a tender crop that’s sensitive to frost. Do not transplant seedlings or sow seeds outside until all danger of frost has passed.

How to Grow Warrigal greens

Warrigal greens plants may need watering during the growing season. Water when the soil is dry about 5cm below the surface (test this by scratching away a little soil with your finger). Water deeply in the early morning or late afternoon. Avoid watering the leaves of plants to avoid fungal diseases. Learn more about watering here.

If soil was well prepared no extra fertiliser should be necessary. In poor soil or to give your plants an extra boost, application of a high-nitrogen fertiliser or one formulated for leafy greens or herbs can be beneficial:

  • Apply slow release fertiliser at the recommended rate when transplanting or when seedlings are 5-10cm tall.
  • Apply liquid fertiliser at the recommended rate and frequency during the growing season.

How to Harvest Warrigal greens

Warrigal greens should be ready to harvest in approximately 50 days.

Warrigal greens leaves are ready to harvest when they are large enough to eat, and can be harvested as needed. Harvest leaves and stems by cutting them with snips, leaving some on the plant for future growth. Warrigal greens leaves contain oxalates and should be soaked on cold water for 30 minutes or blanched before eating. Leaves can be stored short term in a perforated plastic bag in the fridge. For longer term storage Warrigal greens can be blanched and then frozen.

Common Problems when Growing Warrigal greens

Like all plants, Warrigal greens is susceptible to some pests, diseases and other problems. Below is a list of the most common problems gardeners encounter when growing Warrigal greens plants:

  • Slugs and Snails
    Slugs and snails are molluscs that feed on tender leaves and shoots, mostly at night, leaving slimy trails behind them. Control them by removing their hiding places, keeping free range poultry, collecting them by torchlight or by placing traps. Read more about slugs and snails here.


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Ratings & Reviews

Warrigal Greens

This grows so well and so easily in my small garden bed in urban inner Sydney. Being a native, it's heat-tolerant and drought-tolerant - beyond seedling stage, I have not watered it at all. I grew it as a heat-tolerant alternative to spinach and it has not disappointed. I give it zero maintenance and it just grows and grows! It does need to be cooked before eating, otherwise it can cause stomach upset.
22 September 2020

Warrigal Greens

Warrigal Greens are a fantastic native vegie. They are really easy to grow and the amount of leafy green you get in return for your efforts is fantastic. I frequently use them as a side to a main meal, in quiches and on toast with an egg for breakfast.
25 March 2020

So good!

Planted these in my parents' raised garden bed in rural Western Australia (it's quite hot and windy) and it has grown perfectly. We love using Warrigals and can't wait to try making pesto!
9 March 2018


I was under the impression that this was a difficult seed to germinate, but all eight seeds we started came up and flourished. The leaves are delicious (always blanch first to lower the oxalate concentration) and keep their shape much better than English spinach when cooked. Will definitely be growing this vegetable every year.
10 May 2016


All seeds germinated fine, transplanted well too.
23 March 2016