What’s growing?

Perennial vegetables and perennial edible plants we are growing…

Perennial vegetable growing including perennial kales and tree collards, roots and tubers and an array of edible perennial plants and alliums.

Perennial vegetables and perennial edible plants we are growing…

We have created a diverse botanical reserve of useful perennial edible plants which continues to grow. Our collection of plants would not be possible without the help and generous contributions of fellow plant researchers.

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Dwarf Jerusalem artichoke

Apios Americana tuber

Dwarf Jerusalem artichoke - Grows 50-60cm tall, ideal for small spaces and exposed sites. Tubers lift nicely in one clump, leaving little behind in the soil making them much less invasive than regular Jerusalem artichokes.

Babington perennial leeks

Babington perennial leeks

Babington perennial leek (Allium Ampeloprasum var Babingtonii) at the flowering stage in summer. These have been left to flower so we can collect the bulbils for propagating more plants. They will go dormant for a short while after flowering and re-emerge in the damper conditions of autumn, starting their life cycle all over again.

Apios Americana

Apios Americana tuber

Apios americana also known as Groundnut or Hopniss is a herbaceous perennial climbing vine from the family Fabaceae. It produces delicious protein-rich edible tubers, attractive vines and scented pink flowers and has the added benefit of being able to fix nitrogen. It is our absolute favourite perennial vegetable to grow. These were grown in bottonless 50L containers. Our Apios americana collection has grown in size and diversity thanks to the great work and generosity of our friend Rhizowen of (Radix roots).
Also known as Hopniss from the Lenape word ‘Hobbenis’ it is native to North America where it has long been a staple food for indigenous peoples. It has undergone some domestication and plant breeders have been working to improve it for many years. In the wild, groundnut grows along the banks of rivers and lakes, usually found using trees and shrubs for climbing support. It forms long rhizomes under ground with ‘chains’ of edible tubers resembling a bead necklace.

Poireau perpétuel perennial leek

Poireau perpétuel perennial leek

A patch of Poireau perpétuel perennial leeks. Allium ampeloprasum, these perennial leeks are more rust resistant than their relative the Babington leek. Leeks can be harvested at the base and will start to re-grow over autumn and winter. If left to flower, heads of bulbils can be collected to propagate new plants.

Apios americana Plant

Apios americana plant

Beautiful scented flowers of Apios americana ( Hopniss or Ground nut).
Apios Americana (Hopniss) Multiple flowers appear with a delicate perfume. A perennial vine that bears edible beans and large edible tubers. The plant begins to twine itself around the canes.

Poireau perpétuel Flowers

Poireau perpétuel Flowers

Poireau Perpétuel perennial leek flowers beginning to open. These perennial leek flowers will turn into heads of bulbils. The bulbils are produced vegetatively and are clones of the mother plant. They can be left to fall and sow themselves or gathered and sown in a new spot. Mature plants also produce offsets under ground and these can be divided if the bed gets too crowded.

“As the evening sun back lit the plants at Incredible Vegetables, I felt I was standing in one of the most important gardens of our time. Wildflowers working alongside an abundance of edimentals and perennial vegetables. A ‘food glade’ to rival the aesthetic of our greatest plant designers.”

– Jon Davies, garden designer, London Glades –

“I love your website and the work you’re doing. What you’re doing is exiting, useful, and one day will help to replace and enhance what human kind has damaged.With that our natural friends will return and we’ll be better for it.”

“Mandy, thank you. I am delighted with this plant – it is so strong and healthy and exceptionally well packaged – all done with loving care obviously. I shall look forward to having more plants from you.”

“Plants all arrived lovely and are growing well. I just wanted to say i was very impressed with the quality of the cuttings.. and its been a pleasure dealing with you. And I look forward to any purchases in the future.”

“The kale cuttings you sent survived the winter and are thriving. Thank you Mandy Barber you are the super hero of edibles, loving your work!!”

“I bought some Skirret seed’s off you last year. Well they grew and yesterday some got cooked and this message is just to say, they were delicious. Looking forward to a lot more next year. Thank you.”

“The Taunton Dean cuttings arrived a short while ago and never have I seen healthier looking cuttings! They are now firmly ensconced in some nice compost and are having a good drink. I even loved the packaging, which will be composted.”

“Hi I just wanted to let you know that I sowed half of my Caucasian spinach seeds and every single one grew, absolutely amazed, thanks for the seeds and keep up the good work.”

“Just to let you know that the lovely healthy looking plants arrived. Your plants are simply outstanding, every single tuber and plant are growing amazingly.”

“The plants arrived safely, I did not expect such magnificent specimens! I didn’t think I would be successful at stratification etc but I now have a whole bunch of Hablitzia seedlings sprouting after following your excellent advice.”

“Just to say, the Daubentons Kale is in the ground and looking well – thanks to the lovely damp compost encasing its roots…you do a good job at your end, I can tell by the way you package. Will be back for more of your wonderful perennials.”

“Thank you so much for all the vegetables, they really are incredible. I’m sure I’ve never before seen a healthier rootball than the one that arrived with our happy looking daubentons kale, and seeds and tubers are thriving thanks to all the useful information provided.”

“Thank you so much for sending such wonderful, healthy and very large plants. They are beautiful !! You packaged them so well and they arrived so quickly – I couldn’t get to the post office till the following day but they were absolutely fine. They’re now potted up and sitting in my ‘cold’ greenhouse while they adjust. ”

“Thanks for everything, the info sheet was great. I planted the cuttings the day they arrived and have just multi sown the 9 star in seed trays. All very exciting, we’re now planning our perennial area.”

“You are right, perennial kale is fantastic! Thanks so much for the cuttings. I am a convert to having a corner of perpetual kale in the patch!”