Spreading Orach (Atriplex patula)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Spreading Orach
Atriplex patula
Chenopodiaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The seeds, harvested when just ripe, are said to be as efficacious as ipecacuanha as a laxative[4].

  • Edible Use

    Young leaves – raw or cooked as a spinach substitute[5, 85, 95, 153, 183]. A fairly bland flavour, a few leaves of stronger-flavoured plants can be added to enhance the taste[9].

    Seed – ground and mixed with cornmeal or used to thicken soups etc[183]. Small and very fiddly to harvest and use[9].

  • Cautionary Notes

    Most reports say that no member of this genus contains any toxins and that all have more or less edible leaves. However, one report says that if very large quantities are eaten they can cause photosensitivity[70]. If plants are grown with artificial fertilizers they may concentrate harmful amounts of nitrates in their leaves.

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow April/May in situ[134]. Germination is usually rapid.
Succeeds in full sun in any well-drained but not too fertile soil[200]. Prefers a rich soil. Tolerates saline and very alkaline soils[200].
Most f Europe, including Britain, south and east to N. Africa and W. Asia.

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*None of the information on this website qualifies as professional medical advice. Take only what resonates with your heart and use your own personal responsibility for what’s best for you. For more information [brackets] [000], see bibliography.