Okinawa spinach (Gynura crepioides, G. procumbens) is a leafy vegetable that was relatively unknown in the U.S. until recent years. It has rapidly gained in popularity as more people grow it and become familiar with its uses.
In warm climates the plant is perennial, and will provide harvests for many years. The growth habit is spreading, with the floppy stems trailing on the ground.
Flowers occur in spring, attracting Monarch butterflies to their nectar. This plant is in the same genus as the houseplant known as Purple Passion (Gynura aurantiaca) and the flowers are clearly similar.