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Care of the plant Atriplex halimus or Saltbush.

Care of the plant Atriplex halimus or Saltbush

The genus Atriplex, family Amaranthaceae, comprises more than 100 species of shrubs native to Australia, North America, South America and Eurasia. Some species are: Atriplex halimus, Atriplex littoralis, Atriplex elegans, Atriplex rosea, Atriplex nummularia.

Common names: Saltbush, Mediterranean saltbush, Sea orache, Orach, Shrubby orache, Silvery orache. This species is native to Europe and Northern Africa (Mediterranean region).

They are compact bushes that reach 1.5 meters (4.9 feet) in height. They have curious silver gray wavy leaves. They produce small reddish-gray flowers that are not interesting from an ornamental point of view. They bloom in summer.

Saltbush is used for the formation of low hedges or groups of ground cover to contrast with other plants. The leaves can be eaten in salad. It's ideal for gardens by the sea.

Atriplex halimus needs full sun exposure; It can resist frost down to -10 ºC (14 ºF).

Shrubby orache grows in any well-drained soil; it can even grow in salty soil.

Always water moderately, waiting until the soil has dried; Silvery orache is very resistant to drought.

Orach does not need fertilization.

Prune after flowering to maintain a compact appearance.

Mediterranean saltbush is a very resistant plant to pests and diseases.

Sea orache propagates easily by cuttings in spring or summer.

Images of the plant Atriplex halimus or Saltbush

Atriplex halimus
Atriplex halimus
Atriplex nummularia
Atriplex nummularia