Okinawa spinach (Gynura bicolor)
Highly nutritious and medicinally said to lower cholesterol levels, this plant is a great addition to any herb or vegetable garden, as well as being a strikingly beautiful feature plant in the aesthetic garden.
With its sprawling habit, you can easily let it grow as a ground cover, or train it up against a trellis for some extra vertical appeal. Okinawan spinach is a perennial and although it flowers late summer through autumn, rarely does it strike from seed, but is easily propagated from cuttings. The leaves are somewhat thick and glossy and are deep green on the upper side while being purple underneath.