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Common Name: Spiny Saltbush
Rhagodia spinescens is an evergreen shrub that can grow up to 0.50 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Australia - all mainland states.
Dried river beds in sandy clay and clay soils[
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain. It tolerates temperatures down to about -7°c in Australian gardens[
], though this cannot be translated directly to British gardens due to our cooler summers and longer colder and wetter winters. This species is unlikely to be hardy anywhere other than the mildest parts of the country[
Requires a sunny position and a well-drained soil.
Young leaves - cooked. A salty flavour[
Fruit - raw. Sweet and palatable[
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Germination should take place within a week, prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out after the last expected frosts.