New Zealand spinach is a perennial vegetable grown as a tender annual. It is a low-growing, weak-stemmed leafy plant that can spread several feet wide and grow to one foot tall. It has succulent, triangular shaped leaves. The leaves of New Zealand spinach are smaller and fuzzier than those of regular spinach. New Zealand spinach can be used fresh or cooked in the same way as regular spinach, but the two are not related.
New Zealand spinach grows in the warm weather when regular spinach will not grow. It is not frost hardy.