Atriplex canscens
Uses: Culinary/Medicinal Duration: Perennial (hardy in zones 5-9)
When to Sow: Spring/Late Summer/Early Fall Ease of Germination: Moderate
(Fourwing saltbush; Chamisa) Hardy native shrub found throughout western North America, from southern Alberta to Mexico. Used by the Navajo, Hopi and Zuni for food, medicine, and spiritual uses. The leaves cooked or raw have a wonderful salty tangy taste. They can also be crushed and applied as a poultice to insect bites. When soaked in water the leaves produce a soapy lather that can be used to wash hair. When burned the ashes can be used like baking soda. The plant is ecologically important because it thrives in dry areas, helping to stabilize the soil with its massive root system -- and will even grow in salty areas where little else grows. Does well in wetter areas if soil is well drained. Ht. 60-180cm (2-6ft).
S5197 Seeds $3.75/pkt
S5197 Bulk Seeds $7.00/10g, $40.00/100g
Currency: United States Dollar

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