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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.
Cultivar: var. rubra
Plant type: Hardy annual
Flower colour: Purple
Foliage colour: Purple
Feature: Dramatic foliage
Sun exposure: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant seeds: March to May
Flowering period: July to August
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