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Common Orache

Atriplex patula

Plant Data

Order:
Caryophyllales
Family:
Amaranthaceae (Amaranth)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Slender, open, leafy, greenish, spike-like panicles.
Fruit:
A seed fused inside two diamond-shaped to triangular bracteoles.
Leaves:
Opposite, alternate leaves. Narrow, untoothed or almost toothless. Not hairy.
Maximum Size:
100cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The young leaves can be eaten, raw or cooked and used as a spinach substitute. The seeds can be ground down and be added to soups as a thickener.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Halbeardleaf Orache, Iron-root, Spear Orache, Spear Saltbush, Spreading Orache.
Habitats:
Beaches, farmland, gardens, meadows, mud, saltmarshes, seaside, wasteland, wetland.