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Rhagodia spinescens - R.Br.

Common Name Spiny Saltbush
Family Chenopodiaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dried river beds in sandy clay and clay soils[285].
Range Australia - South Australia.
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Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Half Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Rhagodia spinescens Spiny Saltbush


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Rhagodia spinescens Spiny Saltbush
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Rhagodia spinescens is an evergreen Shrub growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 9. It is in leaf all year.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Plant Habitats

 Cultivated Beds; South Wall. By. West Wall. By.

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit  Leaves
Edible Uses:

Young leaves - cooked. A salty flavour[144]. Fruit - raw. Sweet and palatable[144].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain. It tolerates temperatures down to about -7°c in Australian gardens[157], though this cannot be translated directly to British gardens due to our cooler summers and longer colder and wetter winters. This species is unlikely to be hardy anywhere other than the mildest parts of the country[K]. Requires a sunny position and a well-drained soil.

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Plant Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Germination should take place within a week, prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out after the last expected frosts.

Other Names

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AUSTRALASIA: Australia (New South Wales, Queensland (south), South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia (southeast), Northern Territory (south))

Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Rhagodia candolleanaCoastal SaltbushShrub2.0 -  LMHSNM00 
Rhagodia nutansClimbing SaltbushPerennial0.2 8-11  LMHNM20 
Rhagodia parabolicaMealy SaltbushShrub3.0 8-11  LMHNM10 

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Author

R.Br.

Botanical References

285

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