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Good King Henry

Mercury, Markery, Fathen, Wild spinach

Chenopodiaceae Chenopodium bonus-henricus L.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

The plant is a stout, erect herb, up to 2.5 feet, with broad, triangular or ovate leaves. Leaves have wide spreading basal points, and are entire or undulate. Plants are sparingly cultivated for the leaves, used as pot herbs. The plant is similar to spinach both in general growth habit and use.

Season, seeding to first harvest: about 2 months.

Production in U.S.: No data. Apparently not commercial.

Use: As pot herb.

Part of plant consumed: Leaves and young stems.

Last update February 18, 1999 by ch