Saltbush and friends

Since I’ve had a few questions about saltbush, here’s a little more information for the curious.

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Ruby saltbush (Enchylaena tomentosa) is my big success story in propagation so far, so most of what I have been planting is ruby saltbush.

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This one is bladder saltbush (Atriplex vesicaria), named for the seed capsules which are like soft blobs with a seed inside!  I love the silver grey leaves and this one grows a little taller than ruby saltbush.  Dad collected seed for me and one of the plants I grew from the seed he gave me is now large enough to be seeding.

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I am not entirely sure what this plant is, but I have succeeded in propagating it a couple of times and now it is seeding freely. It is widely planted or native to the parklands here.   I think it might be Maireana enchylaenoides (wingless blue bush)–or Maireana brevifolia (Short-leaf Bluebush).

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This one is still a mystery!  There’s a lovely guide to plants in parks here, beautifully named Parks for Us All–and the saltbush and similar plants are in the Chenopodiaceae if you scroll down from here.


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8 responses to “Saltbush and friends

  1. Susan

    What cool plants in the scroll down…….fun to see all the different ones.


  2. I like these, love plants with small or silvery leaves.


  3. oh and some of the names: clammy goosefoot, green fat hen, pussy tails, hairy heads, lesser joyweed, and pigface….
    : )

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  4. Ruby saltbush is delicious….little ruby jewels to chew on while walking under the bulokes around our farm. Spit the seeds out as you go to propagate more baby plants.


    • I think of them as little jewels, too! I think I did even when I was a child, eating them on the beach at Port Augusta. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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