(Atriplex hortensis) Annual in the Goosefoot Family. Attractive purplish-red leaves go well in a salad mix. Flavor is slightly astringent, as this plant contains oxalic acid, which should not be over-eaten. Can also be cooked (which destroys the oxalic acid) and take the place of spinach in any recipe. We first discovered this plant when it volunteered in some topsoil we bought from a farmer in 2003. But after a few seasons, it started coming up only green. We thought we had lost her until a single pure ruby specimen showed up in a planting years later. We isolated that plant, saved the seed, and grew it out to bring ruby back. Here she is!
Planting suggestions: Direct seed around the time of the last frost. Thin to 12-18 inches apart (farther for very tall plants). Will self-sow readily. Seeded plants left uncut will provide winter forage for birds.
Contains 100 seeds.