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Atriplex lentiformis (Quail bush)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
2.5m
Max height
3.5m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Atriplex lentiformis

Other names

Quail bush, White thistle, Big saltbush, Quailbush

Genus

Atriplex Atriplex

Species

A. lentiformis - A. lentiformis is a tender to borderline hardy, spreading, densely branched, sometimes spiny, evergreen shrub with oblong to oval, blue- to grey-green leaves and inconspicuous, greenish-white flowers from late winter into spring followed by papery, pale brown seeds on female plants.


Atriplex lentiformis is: Evergreen

Flower

Red, Green in Spring; Green, Red in Winter

Foliage

Blue-green, Grey-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Rabbits Rabbits

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Propagation methods

Seed, Softwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Atriplex lentiformis (Quail bush) will reach a height of 2.5m and a spread of 3.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Salt tolerant, Mediterranean, Low Maintenance, Foliage only, Drought Tolerant, Beds and borders, Banks and Slopes, Wildlife, Wind-breaker

Cultivation

Grow in dry, poor, alkaline, well-drained soil in full sun. Native to desert areas so tolerates prolonged drought and saline conditions. In native areas, an excellent food source for quail. In native areas, plant in autumn. Will not tolerate wet conditions or frozen soil, even for short periods of time.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3)

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Botanical name

Atriplex lentiformis

Other names

Quail bush, White thistle, Big saltbush, Quailbush

Genus

Atriplex Atriplex

Species

A. lentiformis - A. lentiformis is a tender to borderline hardy, spreading, densely branched, sometimes spiny, evergreen shrub with oblong to oval, blue- to grey-green leaves and inconspicuous, greenish-white flowers from late winter into spring followed by papery, pale brown seeds on female plants.

Native to

Mexico, Southwestern United States

Foliage

Evergreen


Colour

Flower

Red, Green in Spring; Green, Red in Winter

Foliage

Blue-green, Grey-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Rabbits

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Propagation methods

Seed, Softwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Atriplex lentiformis (Quail bush) will reach a height of 2.5m and a spread of 3.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Salt tolerant, Mediterranean, Low Maintenance, Foliage only, Drought Tolerant, Beds and borders, Banks and Slopes, Wildlife, Wind-breaker

Cultivation

Grow in dry, poor, alkaline, well-drained soil in full sun. Native to desert areas so tolerates prolonged drought and saline conditions. In native areas, an excellent food source for quail. In native areas, plant in autumn. Will not tolerate wet conditions or frozen soil, even for short periods of time.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Atriplex lentiformis (Quail bush)

Common pest name

Beet leafhopper; Leafhopper; beet

Scientific pest name

Circulifer tenellus

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Pest of solanaceous crops; brassica and sugar beet; present in parts of the EU. Limited potential to establish in the UK; with some uncertainty. EU regulatory status is under review.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Atriplex lentiformis (Quail bush)

Common pest name

Acorn disease; Citrus little leaf; Citrus stubborn disease; Little leaf of citrus; Stubborn disease of citrus

Scientific pest name

Spiroplasma citri

Type

Bacterium

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Bacterial pest affecting citrus and field vegetables now present in parts of the EU. Carrots are the main crop potentially at risk; but main vectors responsible for transmission are unlikely to establish in the UK. EU regulations should be updated to reflect extended host range. Industry may be interested in pursuing research to investigate impacts on field vegetables.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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