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Atraphaxis spinosa - L.

Common Name
Family Polygonaceae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Grassy plains in semi-desert or very dry soils[200]. Slopes, deserts (including the Gobi), roadsides, margins of cultivated land at elevations of 400--1800 metres in northern China[266].
Range S.E. Europe to W. Asia.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Atraphaxis spinosa


Atraphaxis spinosa

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Atraphaxis spinosa is a deciduous Shrub growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 1.2 m (4ft in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. It is in flower from August to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Manna
Edible Uses:

The plant is a source of a yellowish-white manna-like substance that is eaten as a food or used in making sweetmeats[183].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

Cultivation details

Requires a sunny position in a light well-drained soil of low to moderate fertility[182, 200]. Succeeds in the rock garden or on a sunny stony bank[200]. Plants are hardy to at least -10°c so long as the soil is not wet over the winter[200]. The tiny flowers have long lasting petals[182]. This species is closely related to A. frutescens[200]. Any pruning should be restricted to the removal of branch tips every second or third year during the spring in order to maintain a neat compact habit[200]. Established specimens resent root disturbance[200].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse[200]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Seedlings are prone to damp off so should be watered with care and kept well ventilated[200]. Cuttings of soft wood in early summer in a frame[200]. Layering in spring[200].

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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