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 may grow to 1 m long. A height of 1 m is occasionally attained, 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) fruits 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.
Rockery Plant, Fruit goes from Green to Yellow to Red, Edible berries, but need a lot for a meal
Form: Shrub to 0.5 Metres High by 1 Metre across
Aspect: Full Sun
Soil/Conditions: Adaptable / Moist to Sandy
NOTE - Living plants must be collected (by appointment) - postage not available