Giant Saltbush (Atriplex nummularia)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Giant Saltbush
Atriplex nummularia
Chenopodiaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Leaves and young shoots – cooked[K].

    Seed – cooked. It can be used as a pi–ole or be ground into a meal and used as a thickener in soups are added to flour for making bread.

  • 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 in a compost of peat and sand. The seed usually germinates in 1 – 3 weeks at 13¡c[134]. Pot up the seedlings when still small into individual pots, grow on in a greenhouse for the first winter and plant out in late spring or early summer after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame. Very easy. Pot up as soon as they start to root (about 3 weeks) and plant out in their permanent positions late in the following spring[K]. Cuttings of mature wood of the current season’s growth, November/December in a frame. Very easy. Pot up in early spring and plant out in their permanent position in early summer[K].
Requires a position in full sun in any well-drained but not too fertile soil[200]. Tolerates 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]. Plants are usually monoecious but can be dioecious.
Australia. Naturalized in South-western N. America.

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