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Salsola tragus - L.

Common Name Prickly Russian Thistle
Family Chenopodiaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Sandy shores, cultivated fields and waste places in Eastern N. America[43]. Often found in non-saline sands and as a ruderale in Europe[50].
Range Europe, Naturalized in Northern N. America.
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Weed Potential Yes
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Care (info)
Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Salsola tragus Prickly Russian Thistle


Salsola tragus Prickly Russian Thistle
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Salsola tragus is a ANNUAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in). The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils. 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 dry or moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

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Synonyms

Salsola australis. R.Br. Salsola kali ruthenica. (Iljin.)Soo. S. kali tenuifolia. Tausch.

Habitats

Edible Uses

Young leaves and stems - raw or cooked[105, 257]. The very young shoots are chopped up and eaten in salads, older shoots are cooked as greens or as a salty flavouring for other foods[257]. Seed - cooked. Roasted and used as food[257].

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Medicinal Uses

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A poultice of the chewed plants has been applied to ant, bee and wasp stings[257]. An infusion of the plant ashes has been used both internally and as a wash in the treatment of smallpox and influenza[257].

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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, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in many parts of this country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Requires a very sunny position in a light or medium well-drained soil, it tolerates salty soils, occasional inundation by salt water and maritime exposure. Succeeds in poor soils and grows more vigorously on alkaline soils[206].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in situ. The seed has a short viability and should be stored cool over the winter[206].

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Salsola collinaTumbleweed. Slender Russian ThistleAnnual1.0 0-0  LMNDM110
Salsola kaliSaltwort, Russian thistleAnnual0.6 0-0  LMNDM323
Salsola komarovii Annual0.3 -  LMNDM10 
Salsola sodaBarilla Plant. Oppositeleaf Russian ThistleAnnual0.6 -  LMNDM10 

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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