Rhagodia spinescens – Saltbush

A small to medium hardy shrub with attractive silvery foliage and a nice dense habit which can be improved with an annual pruning. It can be trimmed to be a hedge planting. A very low maintenance and useful plant for landscaping work, and it is reputed to be fire retardant. Grow in full sun to light shade, in most soil types as long as they get reasonable drainage. Frost and drought tolerant, and suits coastal sites as it is quite salt tolerant. Grows in a wide range of soil types including clay and limey soil. The dense foliage makes good shelter for small creatures like lizards and smaller birds, as it can be thorny, so it is a great habitat plant. It can also provide food for stock in semi-arid areas.

Scientific Name:Rhagodia spinescens
Family:Chenopodiaceae
Common Name:Saltbush
Plant Type:Small shrub, Large shrub
Height:0.5 ~ 1.5 metres
Width:1.5 ~ 4 metres
Flower Colour:Cream
Flowering Time:Summer
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Saline, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid
Light:Sunny, Light shade, Half shade
Growth Habit:Dense foliage, Spreading
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained
Propagation Method:Seed, Softwood cutting, Semihardwood cutting
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Hedge, Windbreak, Fire retardant
Special Uses:Erosion control, Bird nesting plant
Attracts Wildlife:Mammals, Lizards

Neutrog Bush Tucker & medal

Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertilizer for this plant.