Herb: Silverscale Saltbush

Latin name: Atriplex argentea expansa

Synonyms: Atriplex expansa

Family: Chenopodiaceae (Goosefoot Family)

Edible parts of Silverscale Saltbush:

Leaves - cooked, or boiled with other foods as a flavouring. The water that the leaves have been cooked in can also be used as a flavouring. 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.

Description of the plant:


60 cm
(2 feet)

Habitat of the herb:

Alkaline places.

Propagation of Silverscale Saltbush:

Seed - sow April/May in situ. Germination is usually rapid.

Cultivation of the herb:

Alkaline places.

Medicinal use of Silverscale Saltbush:

None known

Known hazards of Atriplex argentea expansa:

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.

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.