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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 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.

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

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

They can grow in any well-drained soil; They can even grow in salty soil.

Always water moderately, waiting until the soil has dried; they are very resistant to drought.

They do not need fertilization.

Prune after flowering to maintain a compact appearance.

They are very resistant plants to pests and diseases.

They propagate easily by cuttings in spring or summer.

Images of the plant Atriplex halimus or Saltbush

Atriplex halimus
Atriplex halimus
Atriplex nummularia
Atriplex nummularia
 

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