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Quail Bush (Atriplex lentiformis)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Quail Bush
Atriplex lentiformis

The crushed leaves and roots have been used as a soap for washing clothes etc[257].

  • Medicinal Use

    The fresh leaves can be chewed, or the dried leaves smoked, in the treatment of head colds[257].

    The crushed flowers, stems and leaves can be steamed and inhaled to treat nasal congestion[257].

    A poultice of the powdered roots has been applied to sores[257].

  • Edible Use

    Leaves and young shoots – cooked[171].

    Seed – cooked[161, 177]. It can be used as a pi–ole or be ground into a meal and used as a porridge, a thickener in soups or added to flour for making bread[257]. The seed is rather small and fiddly to use[257].

  • 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 can be monoecious or dioecious.
South-western N. America.

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