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TETRAGONIA decumbens

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Sea Spinach

Family: Aizoaceae

Characteristics: Spreading shrub 20 cm spread 2 m

Seeds per packet: 5

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A small spreading shrub with edible fleshy leaves and 4-petalled yellow flowers occurring in groups of 3-5 in the upper leaf axils occurring for March to November in its native range.

An ideal ground-cover for coastal sandy soils.

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.

Endemic to the southern coastal regions of Western Australia.

Prefers a light sandy soil in an open sunny position, drought and frost tender. Extremely tolerant to coastal condition 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 medicines. Some parts of the plant may not be edible or some may need 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 responsibility to ensure they are fit for their intended use.

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

Although seed can be sown most of the year in 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 seed overnight in warm water.
  2. Sow seed on a porous seed raising mix and cover to the depth of the seed width.
  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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