Atriplex hortensis var. rubra

Red orache

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy annual

Flower colour



Dramatic foliage



Skill level


photo by Matt Anker, copyright GAP Photos (209046)

Plant details

Red orache or mountain spinach is an erect colourful annual with purple leaves. It makes a lovely border plant, plus it is a tasty addition to the salad bowl. It has lance-shaped leaves, about 18cm (7in) long. Purple flowering spikes appear in summer, complementing its foliage.

Family: Chenopodiaceae

Genus: Atriplex

Species: hortensis

Plant type: Hardy annual

Flower colour: Purple

Foliage colour: Purple

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 120cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

Flowering period: July to August

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