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Atriplex argentea - Nutt.
                 
Common Name Silvery Orach, Silverscale saltbush, Stalked saltbush
Family Chenopodiaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards No member of this genus contains any toxins, all have more or less edible leaves. However, if grown with artificial fertilizers, they may concentrate harmful amounts of nitrates in their leaves.
Habitats Alkaline flats[43]. Dry or saline soils at elevations over 1000 metres[235, 270].
Range N. America - Manitoba and south to California.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Atriplex argentea Silvery Orach, Silverscale saltbush, Stalked saltbush


Al Schneider @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
Atriplex argentea Silvery Orach, Silverscale saltbush, Stalked saltbush
USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. Vol. 2: 18.
   
Physical Characteristics
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Atriplex argentea is a ANNUAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in). It is in flower from Jul to September, and the seeds ripen from Aug to October. The flowers are monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant) and are pollinated by Wind.Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. 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 moist soil.

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Habitats
 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Leaves;  Seed.
Edible Uses:

Leaves - cooked, or boiled with other foods as a flavouring[85, 105, 161, 177]. The tender young leaves can be used as greens[216, 257]. Seed - cooked. It can be ground into a meal and used as a thickener in soups etc, or be mixed with flour when making bread etc[85, 257]. The immature seeds can be eaten together with their surrounding calyx[257].
Medicinal Uses


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Analgesic;  Poultice;  Stings;  Stomachic.

The leaves have been used as a fumigant in the treatment of pain[257]. A poultice of the leaves has been applied to spider bites[257]. A cold infusion of the plant has been used to treat sickness caused by drinking bad water, and to purify the water[257]. A poultice of the chewed roots has been applied to sores and rashes[257]. An infusion of the root has been used in the treatment of stomach aches[257].
Other Uses
A cold infusion of the plant has been used to purify water[257].
Cultivation details
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though it should be possible to grow it as a spring-sown annual. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Succeeds in full sun in any well-drained but not too fertile soil[200]. Most species in this genus tolerate saline and very alkaline soils[200].
Propagation
Seed - sow April/May in situ. Germination is usually rapid.

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Atriplex argentea expansaSilverscale Saltbush20
Atriplex californicaCalifornia Orach, California saltbush30
Atriplex canescensGrey Sage Brush, Fourwing saltbush41
Atriplex carnosaThickleaf Orach20
Atriplex confertifoliaShadscale, Shadscale saltbush41
Atriplex coronataCrownscale20
Atriplex dimorphostegia 20
Atriplex elegansWheelscale Saltbush20
Atriplex glabriusculaScotland orache, Maritime saltbush, Frankton's saltbush, Northeastern saltbush20
Atriplex gmeliniiGmelin's saltbush20
Atriplex halimusSea Orach, Saltbush51
Atriplex hastataHastate Orach30
Atriplex hortensisOrach, Garden orache42
Atriplex lapathifolia 30
Atriplex lentiformisQuail Bush, Big saltbush, Quailbush,31
Atriplex maximowiczianaMaximowicz's saltbush20
Atriplex mucronata 20
Atriplex nummulariaGiant Saltbush, Bluegreen saltbush30
Atriplex nuttalliiNuttall's Saltbush40
Atriplex patulaSpreading Orach, Spear saltbush31
Atriplex powelliiPowell's Saltweed20
Atriplex saccariaSack Saltbush20
Atriplex serenanaBractscale, Davidson's bractscale20
Atriplex subcordata 20
Atriplex tataricaTatarian orache20
Atriplex truncataWedgescale Saltbush20
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