A semi shade loving perennial climber with mild edible spinach-type leaves. Young shoots can be eaten in early spring as well as pickings from the more mature leaves over the summer. Plants need something to scramble up and can reach 7-10 ft tall. In the autumn they produce very decorative green/white flowers which eventually turn into tiny black seeds. The foliage dies back and over the winter a crown of baby shoots that produce the next year’s growth will emerge. Once the plants are mature you can crop the early shoots and then leave the rest to start growing and climbing and harvest leaves throughout spring and summer. It is a good idea to plant two or more plants close to each other to ensure the plants produce viable seed. Slow in the first year, they really go for it in the second and third. Though it is best grown in sun to maximize its productivity, it will also do well in its native habitat: the understory of temperate forests.