Nuttall’s Saltbush (Atriplex nuttallii)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Nuttall's Saltbush
Atriplex nuttallii
Chenopodiaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Leaves and stems – cooked[161]. It is usually cooked with wheat[177]. The leaves and stems can be used to add a salty flavour to other cooked foods[257].

    Seed – cooked. Used in pi–ole or ground into a meal and used as a thickener in making bread or mixed with flour in 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 light or medium well-drained but not too fertile soil in a sunny position[11, 200]. Tolerates saline and very alkaline soils[200]. Succeeds in a hot dry position. Some modern works treat this species as a synonym of Atriplex gardneri aptera. This plant has more or less annual stems produced from a woody base[11]. Dioecious. Male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.
Western N. America – Manitoba to Saskatchewan, south to Nebraska, Colorado and Nevada

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