Seaberry Saltbush Rhagodia candolleanum
DESCRIPTION: Seaberry Saltbush has semi-succulent leaves that are dark and shiny. The underside of the leaves is an attractive grey colour. The leaves can be cooked and eaten, or dried and used as a salt substitute. The striking pyramidal sprays of red berries in autumn can be eaten raw or made into sauces. The berries vary in sweetness from plant to plant and are easy to pick. The berries contain betanin which is a red glycosidic food dye and a powerful antioxidant. You will find this natural red pigment when you pick the berries as your hands will turn pink! Wear gloves. Seaberry grows to 1-1.5m high and 1.2-2m wide.
GROWING CONDITIONS: Seaberry Saltbush will grow in a variety of well drained soils and requires very little water once established. It enjoys full sun or part shade.
FOR BEST RESULTS: Seaberry Saltbush grows very quickly and is best to prune to maintain a good shape.
PLANTING IDEAS: Seaberry Saltbush makes a great ornamental shrub or a salt tolerant hedge.
FAUNA: Seaberry Saltbush is a good food source and habitat refuge for small birds and skinks. It attracts ladybirds, lacewings and hoverflies.