Jefferson sowed Prickly-seeded spinach in the
Monticello vegetable garden in 1809 and 1812
for both a spring and fall crop. Mentioned as early
as the 13th century in Germany, this smooth and
triangular-leaved spinach is named for its thorny
clusters of seed. In 1806 Bernard McMahon of
Philadelphia said it was “the hardiest kind” of
spinach and recommended it for overwintering by
planting seed in September for early spring use.
Directly sow the seeds into the garden in mid-winter
for an early spring harvest because the plants tend
to bolt in hot weather. Plant seed in late summer
or early fall for fall harvests and for overwintering.
45-50 days to maturity.
Approximately 85-90 seeds per pack.