Enchylaena Tomentosa "Ruby Saltbush" Seeds
** not available to WA or International buyers.
Enchylaena tomentosa (Ruby Saltbush, Barrier Saltbush) is a Native, highly drought tolerant and evergreen ground cover that grows prostrate to 1m x 0.5 - 1m. It has a high Frost Tolerance and likes Medium / Well Drained Clay & Heavy Soil. Although it does not flower, it does produce tiny red or yellow edible berries. Once established, it requires little water and can withstand occasional lower temperatures as low as -8°C and upper temperatures as high as the low 40's°C. Not suitable for high humidity climates and can be planted along coastal frontage with good air flow.
Enchylaena tomentosa is suitable for Melbourne surrounds and southern states of Australia and prefers low release, low phosphorus fertilizer. It is propagated successfully from seed or cuttings. Seed should be cleaned by removing the succulent tissue of the fruit prior to sowing and germination should occur in one to four weeks.
Edible Uses (retrieved from PFAF 6 May 2017 1203 AEST)
Edible Parts: Fruit, Leaves
EdibleUses: Fruit - crisp, sweet and succulent. A salty-sweet flavour. Very small, it is about 5mm in diameter. The fruits can be soaked in water and the liquid drunk like sweetened tea. Leaves - cooked like spinach. The leaves are rich in oxalates so they should not be eaten in quantity.
Known Hazards: The leaves are rich in oxalic acid. Perfectly alright in small quantities, the leaves should not be eaten in large amounts since oxalic acid can bind up the body's supply of calcium leading to nutritional deficiency. It is oxalic acid that gives foods such as rhubarb their acid flavour. Cooking the leaves will greatly reduce the oxalic acid content. People with a tendency to rheumatism, arthritis, gout, kidney stones or hyperacidity should take especial caution if including this plant in their diet since it can aggravate their condition. PFAF
Note: Each seed has been gently collected by hand recently in North East Victoria. All care has been taken to ensure your seeds are of the highest quality. No responsibility is accepted by the seller for germination rates.
In cultivation, with favourable soil conditions, a less sparse and possibly more vigorous plant may result, well able to cope with any periods of relative dryness or with cold conditions including frosts. E tomentosa has been shown to tolerate temperatures of -6ºC in cultivation at the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra.
The species is propagated successfully from seed or cuttings. Seed should be cleaned by removing the succulent tissue of the fruit prior to sowing and germination should occur in one to four weeks. A well-drained medium, kept moist without excessive overhead watering, is desirable for cuttings.
Enchylaena tomentosa has a wide climatic, soil and topographic tolerance. Full sunlight encourages the best growth in the more desirable forms, such as those with a prostrate habit. The variation in fruit colour, which persists over long periods, adds greatly to the value of this species in cultivation.
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