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.
Leaves - cooked, or boiled with other foods as a flavouring
. The tender young leaves can be used as greens
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
. The immature seeds can be eaten together with their surrounding calyx
A cold infusion of the plant has been used to purify water
There are no material uses listed for Atriplex argentea.
The leaves have been used as a fumigant in the treatment of pain
. A poultice of the leaves has been applied to spider bites
. A cold infusion of the plant has been used to treat sickness caused by drinking bad water, and to purify the water
A poultice of the chewed roots has been applied to sores and rashes
. An infusion of the root has been used in the treatment of stomach aches
Seed - sow April/May in situ. Germination is usually rapid.
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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
. Most species in this genus tolerate saline and very alkaline soils
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Associations & Interactions
There are no interactions listed for Atriplex argentea. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.
Polycultures & Guilds
There are no polycultures listed which include Atriplex argentea.
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