Good King Henry


Common name : Poor-man’s Asparagus

Scientific name : Blitum bonus-henricus

Family : Amaranthaceae/Chenopodiaceae

Native land : Central and Southern Europe

Good King Henry is an annual or perennial plant. It is a dark-green, succulent plant, which grows up to 2 feet. The leaves are broad, triangular to diamond-shaped, with a pair of broad pointed lobes near the base. The flowers are green in colour. Each flower has five sepals. The seeds are reddish-green, 2-3 mm diameter. The plant grows abundantly in waste places near villages, having formerly been cultivated as a garden pot-herb. The fruit is bladder-like, containing a single seed. It is an easy-to-grow herb and is rich in iron and vitamin C.

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