Atriplex nummularia – Old Man Saltbush

Old Man Saltbush has attractive silver foliage, growth habit tends to be sprawling to around 3 metres high and can get to 5 metres wide. Naturally growing in arid areas in all states of Australia, this is a very useful plant to grow as it tolerates high levels of salinity, alkalinity, severe drought and is good for stock feed. Will not tolerate waterlogging or excess humidity. Edible foliage and seed, it can be dried to be added to savoury dishes, or used fresh.

Scientific Name:Atriplex nummularia
Common Name:Saltbush
Other Common Names:Old Man Saltbush
Plant Type:Large shrub
Height:1 ~ 3 metre
Width:2 ~ 5 metres
Flower Colour:Cream
Flowering Time:Winter
Ph Level:Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Saline, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid, Arid
Growth Habit:Deciduous
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Screen, Windbreak
Special Uses:Edible



Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants