(Atriplex californica)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Atriplex californica
Chenopodiaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Leaves – cooked.

    Seed – cooked. Used as a pi–ole[103, 105, 161, 177].

  • Cautionary Notes

    No member of this genus contains any toxins, all have more or less edible leaves. However, if grown with artificial fertilizers, they may concentrate harmful amounts of nitrates in their leaves.

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow April/May in a cold frame. Germination usually takes place within 1 – 3 weeks at 13¡c. As soon as they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer[134].
Succeeds in full sun in any well-drained but not too fertile soil[200]. Most species in this genus tolerate saline and very alkaline soils[200]. Succeeds in a hot dry position. This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10¡c[200].
South-western N. America – California.

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