University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:
Vegetables

Spinach (Spinacia oleracea)

The plants are compact, upright to slightly spreading with tender dark green leaves forming a rosette. The edible leaves are glossy, may be smooth or crumpled, are oval or spade-shaped and are usually pointed. Leaves are eaten raw or cooked. Seeds are straw colored and similar in size to radish seed. Seed shape varies from round, smooth to prickly, pointed.