Scientific Name: Atriplex cinerea
Description: Coast Saltbush is a dense, hardy, spreading shrub with brittle branches and silver-grey leaves. The male and female flowers usually appear on different bushes, with the small fleshy fruit developing in autumn on the female shrub.
This is an invaluable plant for stabilisation and thrives in areas of coastal wave impact. It will colonise exposed foreshore areas and provide protection for birds and other frontline plants.
Coast Saltbush leaves are a traditional source of food and seasoning.
Plant form: Shrubs
Where to find: Cliff and Plateau
Foliage: Silvery-grey leaves
Flower: Male flowers are reddish-purple in dense globular clusters, while female flowers are cream, occurring in axillary clusters
Flowering: October – January