Atriplex cinerea – Coastal Saltbush

A great bush tucker plant, with grey foliage that is used as an ingredient for savoury dishes, plus is a useful stock feed on farms as it is highly tolerant of saline conditions and . A medium sized shrub growing from 1-1.8 metres high, and 1.5 to 2.5 metres wide, it naturally grows in very coastal areas from NSW it is able to grow on quite alkaline soils, and is a very useful plant to rehabilitate degraded areas, to stabilise soils and erosion areas. Able to withstand quite windy conditions, so can create shelter while other plants establish. The stems can become woody with age, regular pruning will help to create more dense growth. Atriplex cinerea is monodioecious, meaning it has separate male and female plants.

In cooking, the leaves can be used for their salty, herby flavour for stir fries and casseroles, to add to stuffings, salt rub mixes, and marinades. They can also be cooked like spinach.

Scientific Name:Atriplex cinerea
Common Name:Saltbush
Other Common Names:Coastal saltbush
Plant Type:Small shrub, Large shrub
Height:1 ~ 2 metre
Width:1 ~ 2 metre
Flower Colour:Cream
Flowering Time:Spring, Autumn
Ph Level:Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Loamy, Sandy loam, Saline, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid
Light:Sunny, Light shade, Half shade
Growth Habit:Open foliage, Spreading
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained
Propagation Method:Seed, Softwood cutting, Semihardwood cutting
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Windbreak
Special Features:Edible, Erosion control
Attracts Wildlife:Butterflies, Other insects

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The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 


Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW


IndigiGrow- Sydney- NSW


Harvest Seeds And Native Plant Nursery – Sydney – NSW


Native Grace Nursery – Robertson NSW


Wariapendi Nursery – Colo Vale NSW


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Cool Country Natives – ACT


Geelong Native Plants – Victoria


Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria


Forest Heart eco-Nursery – Maleny Queensland


Natives R Us – Traveston – Queensland 


Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA


Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia




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