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Common Name: Tumbleweed
Salsola collina is an annual plant that can grow up to 1.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
E. Europe to E. Asia.
Sandy places, steppe plant communities and a weed of cultivated fields[
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in many parts of this country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
Requires a very sunny position in a light or medium well-drained soil, it tolerates salty soils, occasional inundation by salt water and maritime exposure. Succeeds in poor soils and grows more vigorously on alkaline soils[
Young leaves and stems - cooked[
]. An emergency food, it is only used when all else fails[
A tea decocted from the whole plant is drunk twice daily for 6 months as a cure for high blood pressure[
Seed - sow spring in situ. The seed has a short viability and should be stored cool over the winter[