This member of the world-wide Chenopodiaceae family has many common names, among them Ruby Saltbush and Barrier Saltbush.
Enchylaena tomentosa is a sub-shrub (that is, a low-growing, semi-woody plant) with procumbent or ascending pubescent, trailing branches which can grow to 1 m long. A height of 1 m is occasionally reached, however, plants are often less than half this size and some forms are prostrate.
The evergreen leaves, which are cylindrical, semi-succulent and up to 2 cm long, are covered with fine white hairs (tomentose) , giving the plant an attractive grey appearance overall. The single, axillary flowers are insignificant and occur from spring to early summer and autumn. These are followed by very showy, small (5 mm diameter) edible berries which are red when ripe. The fruits are depressed-globular and succulent and change from green to yellow prior to ripening. It is usual for the differing colour stages to be present on a plant at the one time, adding greatly to the visual impact.
Form: Shrub to 0.5 Metres High by 1 Metre across
Aspect: Full Sun
Soil/Conditions: Adaptable / Moist to Sandy
Sow in late Autumn or early Winter. Germination approx. 2 - 3 weeks.
10 seeds per packet