Commelina cyanea also known as scurvy weed. Early Australian settlers ate it as a remedy to prevent scurvy. A green vegetable, tastes not to bad. Forms a dense ground cover but can be invasive if left to run. Looks very similar to Wandering Jew - Tradiscantia sp. It does tolerates a wide range of light intensities in my experience and will even set pretty blue flowers in the shade. Killed off by frost but regenerates from underground rhizomes when the weather warms up.
Tetragonia tetragonoides aka Warrigal Greens , New Zealand Spinach. Another green that saved many a sailor from scurvy. This one is a beauty. Attractive round cover. It is very hardy, tolerating even quiet deep shade, sea breezes, sand and clay soils. It is high in oxilates and is not real yummy raw but does come up a treat when cooked with at least one water change. IT is also will get bitten by frost but seems to come back without any problems.
The cool season crops like lettuce and spinach can be shade tolerant in the summer. I plant lettuce and spinach under a deciduous tree - they get plenty of sun until the leaves come on the tree - then they get shade and last longer than if they were in full sun.
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posted 7 years ago
For temperate climates this type of database allready exists on pfaf.org
so to prevent you a lot of work, i would take some time to check out their edibles database, they too are organized in categories of shade tolerant and shade loving. Even the type of shade, dappled shade or partial shade or full shade.
they are organized in many more categories by the way.
I dont know if your work will be double for temperate climate's in this respect. Maybe focus on other climates?
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No way to decide without knowing your climate, soil etc!
So the first thing is to find which places/people have the same climate as you, and then you can copy my info if you have a frost-free climate!
(if not, forget about patchouli I mention!)
then you will enter your necessities and the site will tell you what!
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Location: North Fork, CA. USDA Zone 9a, Heat Zone 8, 37 degrees North, Sunset 7/9, elevation 2600 feet
posted 6 years ago
You're right. Sorry about that. I live in USDA zone 9a. My soil is clay, naturally. I get some frost, sometimes snow. The snow rarely lasts more then a day, and it snows rarely more then a collective two weeks.
Was this list ever made? I've been searching all day for a list like this, and this seems to be the closest I've found to something that would actually be useful for city-dwellers who want to produce food indoors without any sunlight (north facing windows).
I was identifying some plants in my yard with black berries and identified it as Privet (Ligustrum) and was doing some research on it.
Just wanted to provide an update on the list from the 4th post on this thread listing Chinese privet as a potential edible. The fruit is actually listed by the USDA as toxic to humans.
"All species of Ligustrum (privet) produce fruit toxic to humans that cause such symptoms as nausea, headache, abdominal pain, vomitting, diarrhea, weakness, and low blood pressure and body temperature." Chinese Privet
Here is another source from NC State University listing both the fruit and leaves as toxic to humans. Ligustrum Vulgare
Just wanted to update this old thread in case somebody thought privet was edible.
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