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Atriplex argentea - Nutt.

Common Name Silvery Orach, Silverscale saltbush, Stalked saltbush
Family Chenopodiaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards No member of this genus contains any toxins, all have more or less edible leaves. However, if grown with artificial fertilizers, they may concentrate harmful amounts of nitrates in their leaves.
Habitats Alkaline flats[43]. Dry or saline soils at elevations over 1000 metres[235, 270].
Range N. America - Manitoba and south to California.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (2 of 5)
Care
Moist Soil Full sun
Atriplex argentea Silvery Orach, Silverscale saltbush, Stalked saltbush


Al Schneider @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
Atriplex argentea Silvery Orach, Silverscale saltbush, Stalked saltbush
USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. Vol. 2: 18.

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Atriplex argentea is a ANNUAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in). It is in flower from July to September, and the seeds ripen from August to October. The species is monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant) and is pollinated by Wind.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline and saline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves  Seed
Edible Uses:

Leaves - cooked, or boiled with other foods as a flavouring[85, 105, 161, 177]. The tender young leaves can be used as greens[216, 257]. Seed - cooked. It can be ground into a meal and used as a thickener in soups etc, or be mixed with flour when making bread etc[85, 257]. The immature seeds can be eaten together with their surrounding calyx[257].

Medicinal Uses

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Analgesic  Poultice  Stings  Stomachic

The leaves have been used as a fumigant in the treatment of pain[257]. A poultice of the leaves has been applied to spider bites[257]. A cold infusion of the plant has been used to treat sickness caused by drinking bad water, and to purify the water[257]. A poultice of the chewed roots has been applied to sores and rashes[257]. An infusion of the root has been used in the treatment of stomach aches[257].

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Other Uses

A cold infusion of the plant has been used to purify water[257].

Special Uses

Cultivation details

We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though it should be possible to grow it as a spring-sown annual. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Succeeds in full sun in any well-drained but not too fertile soil[200]. Most species in this genus tolerate saline and very alkaline soils[200].

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Propagation

Seed - sow April/May in situ. Germination is usually rapid.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Atriplex argentea expansaSilverscale SaltbushAnnual0.6 -  LMNM20 
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Atriplex carnosaThickleaf OrachAnnual0.9 -  LMNDM20 
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Atriplex coronataCrownscaleAnnual0.4 -  LMNDM20 
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Atriplex glabriusculaScotland orache, Maritime saltbush, Frankton's saltbush, Northeastern saltbushAnnual0.3 0-0  LMNDM20 
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Atriplex hastataHastate OrachAnnual0.8 -  LMNDM30 
Atriplex hortensisOrach, Garden oracheAnnual1.8 5-9 FLMNM42 
Atriplex lapathifolia Annual0.9 -  LMNDM30 
Atriplex lentiformisQuail Bush, Big saltbush, Quailbush,Shrub3.0 7-10  LMNDM312
Atriplex maximowiczianaMaximowicz's saltbushPerennial0.8 0-0  LMNDM20 
Atriplex mucronata Annual0.4 -  LMHNDM20 
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Atriplex patulaSpreading Orach, Spear saltbushAnnual0.8 0-0  LMNM31 
Atriplex powelliiPowell's SaltweedAnnual1.5 -  LMNDM20 
Atriplex saccariaSack SaltbushAnnual0.3 -  LMNDM20 
Atriplex semibaccataAustralian Saltbush. Australian saltbush, Creeping saltbushShrub0.5 9-11 FLMHNDM203
Atriplex serenanaBractscale, Davidson's bractscaleAnnual3.0 7-10  LMNDM20 
Atriplex subcordata Annual0.5 -  LMNDM20 
Atriplex tataricaTatarian oracheAnnual1.5 0-0  LMNDM20 
Atriplex truncataWedgescale SaltbushAnnual0.9 7-10  LMNDM204

 

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