A very drought tolerant small shrub, growing to around a metre high and wide, as well as prostrate forms. It bears edible berries which start out greenish, and ripen to red, with a range of colours together on the bush. The berries have a sweet and salty flavour. Occurs extensively in inland areas as well as coastal, able to grow on saline soils, saltmarsh, sand dunes, copes well with poor soils, drought and frost. Grows in sun to part shade. A good plant to provide stock fodder in drought times, as well as useful bush tucker.
|Scientific Name:||Enchylaena tomentosa|
|Common Name:||Ruby Saltbush|
|Plant Type:||Small shrub, Ground cover|
|Height:||0.4 ~ 1 metre|
|Width:||0.5 ~ 1 metre|
|Flowering Time:||Spring, Summer, Autumn|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral, Alkaline|
|Soil Type:||Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Saline, Poor soil|
|Plant Environment:||Low maintenance garden, Poolside, Coastal garden, Drought resistant|
|Climate Zone:||Tropical, Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Cool, Semi-arid, Arid|
|Light:||Sunny, Light shade|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Spreading|
|Soil Moisture:||Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage|
|Propagation Method:||Seed, Softwood cutting, Semihardwood cutting|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates heavy frost, Tolerates light frost|
|Special Features:||Edible, Decorative fruit, Erosion control|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Seed eating birds|
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