Atriplex Hortensis 'Red Plume'
Red Orach, Mountain Spinach
Known as Red Orache, Mountain Spinach or French spinach, this annual is native across Eurasia and naturalised in Australia and North America.
Reaching up to around 110cm tall, with alternate leaves, triangular in shape and around 10cm long. Leaves are edible and grown as a warm-weather alternative to spinach, tasting somewhat salty. Leaves can be eaten raw or cooked into dishes, often used to balance out the acidity of sorrel. Flowers appear during late summer, around 1cm in diameter and growing in panicles on flower spikes.
The fruits and seeds are emetic. Leaves can be harvested after around 40 days.
Half hardy down to around 0°C.