Atriplex hortensis L.

Garden Orache

Annual herb to about 2 m tall, erect or spreading. Leaves mostly 5-15 cm long, opposite towards the base of the stem only, more or less ovate to broadly lanceolate, becoming smooth. Seed leaves roundish to heart-shaped, flat, entire, papery, about 1 cm long. Male and female flowers on the same plant.


Cultivated mostly for ornament but may be eaten. Naturalised in southern states as a garden escape.

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Chenopodiaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Atriplex hortensis 'Rosea'

Foliage suffused reddish purple.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Caryophyllanae
order      Caryophyllales
family       Chenopodiaceae
genus        Atriplex L.