Atriplex hortensis 'Rubra'

Atriplex hortensis is delicious in salad but also looks great left to grow in the garden as an ornamental plant. More
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Atriplex hortensis – or red orache – is a multi-purpose edible and ornamental plant with soft textured, tasty basal leaves in spring and early summer, delicious in salads.

I also grow Atriplex hortensis as an ornamental plant, when left to grow to full size, flower and seed it looks beautiful. I then pick it to arrange with dahlias, euphorbias and zinnias or any late summer or autumn flowers.

Genus Atriplex hortensis
Variety Rubra
Type Hardy Annual
Common Name Garden Orache, Mountain Spinach
Border Position Middle
Soil Type Fertile, Neutral
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 120cm (4ft)
Spacing 30cm (12in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow direct March - May
Care Tips Self seeds so remove flower heads to prevent this, if required. May need staking.
Flowering July - August, ready for harvesting from 4 weeks after sowing.
Vase Life This has a vase life of 7 days. Ornamental seed cases for flower arranging in the autumn.
Harvesting Pick leaves for salads in late spring and early summer.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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A star and staple you'll enjoy forever.

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Reviewed 12th July 2015 by Clark Anthony Lawrence

This is one of those "Once you've got it, you've got it for good" plants. Self-sows everywhere, but you'll love it everywhere, as it gives height and color to borders, without being, as Jan has also found, too dominant. Lovers of precise, formal, or immaculate gardens might find it an invasive rebel (and for that reason it's not getting a perfect, 5-star rating), but anyone who enjoys a bit of spontaneity in a natural garden will be delighted as it comes back year after year in surprising places. Here's the best part: it's delicious. Whatever you don't want, you can eat, as you would spinach - raw in salads, cooked in soups or pies...

Best seed money you will ever spend.

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Reviewed 14th August 2014 by jan steadman

One packet of these will add a wonderful rich purple to the garden all summer long. These grow fast and large yet somehow don't dominate. The seedlings have a very high success rate and can be easily transplanted and I ended up using them as fillers through out the garden to brighten any dull part area. They are fantastic.