Plant(s) of the month: Perennial vegetables that grow well in Kona

  • The round leaves of the Malabar spinach vine are an attractive addition to any garden. (Wikipedia.com via Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • The chayote squash vine produces lots of tasty squash and replants itself with shoots from the mature fruit. (Picquery.com via Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • The roots of the cassava plant are an important food source in many tropical countries. (Plantsinusa.com via Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • The large, soft green leaves of the edible hibiscus shrub can be eaten raw or cooked. (Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

After several requests for advice on perennial vegetables that grow well in Kona, here are some of my favorites. Consider growing them as attractive ongoing edibles for your garden.