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Blitum bonus
  • Hardy to Zone 4
  • Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Germination Tested November 30, 2023: 80%
  • Approximately 50 seeds per packet
Regular price $5.00 CAD
Regular price Sale price $5.00 CAD
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Good King Henry is an incredible perennial leafy green in the spinach family, related to lambsquarters, and quinoa. I use it the same as spinach for cooked uses. I hardly ever grow spinach anymore!

This nutritious plant has many edible parts, producing early in the season until the late fall. The leaves are best cooked like spinach, as they can have a strong taste when raw. The new shoots in the spring can be eaten like asparagus, and they can be blanched using a bucket or clay pot to enhance flavour and tenderness. The flower heads can be used like broccoli, and the seeds can be used as a grain, somewhat like quinoa. A great multi-purpose plant!

Plants can grow in partial shade or full sun. It seems to appreciate some shade in the late summer. It's best to wait until their second year before substantial harvests. A must-have for the perennial vegetable garden or food forest.

Growing Instructions

Seeds benefit from 2-4 weeks of cold stratification: plant outdoors in late winter or early spring when the nights are still cold to help the seeds break dormancy. Alternately, cold & moist stratify in the fridge, and pot up as seedlings grow. Plant outside when they have a few true leaves. Space about a foot apart.

Shipping & Returns

We ship seeds within Canada for a flat fee of $6, United States for $25, and internationally for $25*. Live plants and bulbs can only be shipped within Canada.


Shipping in Canada 

We ship seeds in Canada via regular letter mail, which is an untracked service, and usually takes 1-2 weeks to arrive. Larger bulbs and plants are sent via tracked flat rate box.


Shipping to the US

We ship all US orders by tracked packet and they usually take two weeks to arrive.

According to the USDA, most seeds require an import permit to be brought into the US and the permit is free and useable for multiple orders/years. The package will list the contents as "Garden Seeds". In our experience shipping seeds over several years, most small orders will make it across the border without issues, but occasionally they will be held at US Customs. 

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the required import permit and Cicada Seeds will not be responsible for any orders held or confiscated by US customs.


Shipping Internationally

International orders are usually shipped via untracked packet. The package will list the contents as "Garden Seeds". It is your responsibility to ensure you have the required import permit and Cicada Seeds will not be responsible for any orders held of confiscated by customs.

International shipping countries include: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom


If you have any issues with the quality of your order, please contact us within 60 days and we will make it right!

*Shipping fees are in Canadian dollars. 

Ecologically Grown

Seeds are grown ecologically without the use of chemical pesticides or fertilizers.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Deb T.
Good King Henry Seeds - Blitum bonus-henricus

I found out about Cicada Seeds through our facebook group" Grow Food Everywhere in the Comox Valley". I was excited to find a new local seed company that carries perennial vegetables. Thanks for supplying us with high quality organic seed Michalina. I'm looking so forward to planting time.

a bit difficult to get to sprout but great...

a bit difficult to get to sprout but great once it gets going.

Hightly recommend this sealer very fast an...

Hightly recommend this sealer very fast and have very good seeds I will buy next year

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