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Atriplex hortensis var. rubra (Red Mountain Spinach)

Red Mountain Spinach, Red Orach, Mountain Spinach, French Spinach


Very ornamental, Atriplex hortensis var. rubra (Red Mountain Spinach) is an erect, hardy annual plant, with lance-shaped, thin, deep red-purple leaves, 6 in. long (15 cm) and vertical racemes packed with tiny red-purple flowers, which give way to papery seeds. Slightly salty, the leaves are delicious in salads or cooked like spinach. A multiple purpose plant!

  • Quickly grows up to 3-4 ft.. tall (60-75 cm) and 18-24 in. wide (45-60 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun in well-drained soils. Water freely in dry weather.
  • Easy to grow, this plant is a welcomed addition to bedsborders or cottage gardens. Great as cut flowers too, as it enjoys a vase life of 7 days.
  • Generally pest and disease free.
  • Propagate by seed in succession from spring to early summer. Self seeds so remove flower heads to prevent this, if required. May need staking.
  • Cut back after flowering.
  • Native to Asia and Europe, and widely naturalized in Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand.

Atriplex can be annuals, perennials, shrubs or sub-shrubs, with simple, often silvery, leaves and usually inconspicuous flowers in summer

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Plant Type Annuals
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Plant Type Annuals
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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