Blitum capitatum (Strawberry Blite) [25 Seeds]


Germination Information: One option is to sow the tiny seeds indoors, just pressed into the surface of the growing medium, in late winter to mid spring. (The seedlings don’t particularly like to be transplanted, so those plants may not reach their full potential, but then let them self sow and the offspring will be much happier.) I have also had luck winter-sowing strawberry blite: seeds sown in a milk jug on January 7 started sprouting on March 22. Or, you could sow directly in your garden in late winter to late spring. That seems to be the most common sowing recommendation, but when I tried that, I didn’t find seedlings until the following year; still, it seems to work for others and may well work for you.

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“Strawberry blite” sounds more like a disease than something you’d actually want in your garden, doesn’t it? Formerly known as Chenopodium capitatum, this interesting annual is nondescript in leaf and flower but eye-catching in seed, when clusters of bright pinkish red to rich red berries ripen along the slender, 12- to 18-inch stems over bright green, roughly triangular leaves. You wouldn’t build a meal around them—they’re seedy and not especially flavorful—but they’re nice to snack on while you’re out in the garden or to sprinkle on a fruit salad. The foliage is edible too, either raw or cooked, but you wouldn’t want to eat too much of it. And, the species is native to much of the US: a bonus if you’re going native in your garden. Strawberry blite thrives in cool weather, quickly going to fruit when the weather gets hot, then dying after setting seed. It will readily self-sow, either sprouting in fall and overwintering as a leafy rosette or waiting until spring. Strawberry blite will grow in a container, too. Full sun to partial shade. Annual.

Collected in early July 2022. At least 25 seeds.

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