GR019

Sacramento Mountains Spinach

GR019

Atriplex hortensis.  Not a true spinach, this is an orach or "mountain spinach" collected in Mescalero Apache territory in of the Sacramento Mountains of New Mexico. Tolerant of alkaline soils, and easier to grow than spinach.  Orach is also healthy like its namesake, rich in vitamin C and high in minerals like calcium, potassium, magnesium and zinc.  More drought tolerant and with a milder flavor than spinach, with a naturally salty flavor, orach can be used like spinach, either fresh or cooked.  

Grows in the cool season in the low desert.  At higher elevations or northern locations, plant in spring.  Needs cool temperatures to germinate.

Approx. 0.7g/50 seeds per packet.

These seeds are part of our conservation program and are not available for purchase. They are only available through Native American Seed Request or Bulk Seed Exchange.

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Easy to grow

Was very easy to grow. Seeds had good germination. Grew 5 to 6 feet tall with pushing the seeds out. You can pinch them and cut them down so they branch out. Leaves were a little more salty flavored than spinach and I sauteed most of my leaves with garlic and butter.

When plant goes to seed, the seeds are nice and can even been used as filler for floral vases. Ladybugs were especially attracted to this plant in my garden.