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Spear Orache
Atriplex patula
About Spear Orache (Atriplex patula) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Atriplex patula L. (Spear Saltbush; Common Orache; Spear Orach; Spreading Orach) is a ruderal, circumboreal species of annual herbaceous plants in the genus Atriplex naturalized in many temperate regions. Atriplex patula appears to have been a rather recent introduction in North America from Eurasia, not arriving perhaps until sometime in the early to mid-eighteenth century.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

1 - 5 ft tall

Wildlife Supported

Landscaping Information
Full Sun

For propagating by seed: No treatment; optimum germination occurs with light and alternating diurnal temperatures (Young et al. 1980).

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Saline areas

Annual Precipitation: 3.1" - 27.1", Summer Precipitation: 0.17" - 1.20", Coldest Month: 33.4" - 59.3", Hottest Month: 62.9" - 88.2", Humidity: 0.68" - 39.11", Elevation: 3" - 4495"

Alternative Names
Botanical Names: Atriplex patula var. patula
Common Names: Spear Saltbush

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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