Atriplex_nummularia.JPG (58733 bytes)Atriplex nummularia: is a member of the Chenopodiaceae family and is universally known as Old Man Saltbush.

Atriplex nummularia is a dense small to medium shrub. Branches are whitish, brittle and woody. The distinctive leaves are flat, four by four centimetres, with toothed margins and covered in a scaly white layer that gives the foliage a bluish-grey colour.

Male and female flowers are carried on different plants. Both male and female flowers as well as the fruits are small. Horticulturally Old Man Saltbush is grown for its foliage colour that contrasts with other plants in the garden.

Agriculturally Atriplex nummularia is an important fodder plant in dry inland regions.

Old Man Saltbush is a native, of the inland, in all mainland Australian states.

Atriplex nummularia could be grown as a hardy plant in native garden beds.

A word of warning: Grey Kangaroos and other macropods relish the foliage and will soon defoliate unprotected plants. Crimson Rosellas will also sample the leaves.

Propagate from cuttings that produce roots rapidly.