Australian Native - Old Man Saltbush - Atriplex nummularia

Australian Native - Old Man Saltbush - Atriplex nummularia

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Atriplex nummularia

Old Man Saltbush is a fast-growing shrub with both the seeds and leaves eaten as bush tucker. The leaves are salty in flavour and rich in protein, antioxidants and minerals, and can be dried and used as you would any other spice over dishes.

A. nummularia is widespread in the inland semi-arid and arid regions of mainland Australia. It is usually, but not always, found on saline, clay soils in low lying areas like flood plains. However, it is very adaptable and can occur on most soils.

It tolerates drought, salinity and sandy soil in the wild, however young plants may struggle to establish in conditions that are too dry and barren. Choose a rich and loamy, but free-draining soil, and water well in the weeks after first planting.

Suitable for full sun and part shade, but protect from hard frosts. 

It can grow to 3m high and 2–4m wide. Its leaves, 1–3cm long, have a scaly coating which gives them an attractive silvery grey colour. It may be grown in the ground or kept smaller in pots, if harvested frequently. 

The best times to sow seed are in autumn, early winter and spring.  Soak the seed for 8 hours, changing the water every 2 hours to remove salt content.  Germination approx. 2 - 8 weeks.

20 seeds per pack