Atriplex hortensis var. rubra

Atriplex hortensis var. rubra

Red orache

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Flowers

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Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Atriplex hortensis var. rubra
  • Common name: Red orache
  • Family: Amaranthaceae
  • Plant Type: Vegetable

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

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For best results grow Atriplex hortensis var. rubra in well-drained soil in full sun, sowing successionally if you want to harvest leaves throughout the growing season. Water freely in summer. 

How to grow Atriplex hortensis

  • Plant size

    100cm height

    50cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

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Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

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Collect seeds
Collect seeds

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Harvest
Harvest

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Atriplex hortensis and wildlife

Atriplex hortensis has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Atriplex hortensis poisonous?

Atriplex hortensis has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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