TETRAGONIA decumbens

Sea Spinach
Bush Food

SKU: N 241
Stock: Out Of Stock

Family: Aizoaceae
Characteristics: Spreading shrub 20 cm spread 2 m

Seed per packet: Approx 6
Seed per gram:

Size:
$4.25 AUD Inc. GST

A small spreading shrub with edible fleshy leaves and 4-petalled yellow flowers occurs in groups of 3-5 in the upper leaf axils occurring for March to November in its native range.
Fresh new shoots and leaves can be eaten raw but are best cooked like spinach. A light boiling in fresh water will remove any excess salt.

An ideal ground cover for coastal sandy soils.
Occurs naturally in the southern coastal regions of Western Australia.

Prefers light sandy soil in an open sunny position, drought and frost tender. Extremely tolerant to a coastal conditions occurring widely on coastal and estuarine sand dunes.

Please Note: Although many of the traditional Bush Food and Medicine plants are now commercially produced in various forms we recommend you research these before using them as any form of food or medicine. Some parts of the plant may not be edible or some may need to be prepared before they are safe to eat or use in any way. We do our best to describe their traditional & modern uses. It is the purchaser's responsibility to ensure they are fit for their intended use.

Prefers light sandy soil in an open sunny position, drought and frost tender. Extremely tolerant to a coastal conditions occurring widely on coastal and estuarine sand dunes.

Grow notes: 

Although seed can be sown most of the year in many parts of Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C

  1. Soak the seed overnight in warm water.
  2. Sow the seed on a porous seed-raising mix and cover to the 5mm deep
  3. Place in a warm shaded or semi-shaded position to avoid dying out.
  4. The growing medium should be well draining but should remain damp between watering. Keep moist but not too wet as the seed may rot. Do not let the growing mix completely dry out. 
  5. Germination should occur in 14-28 days depending on the temperature and conditions. 

General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.

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