Rhagodia parabolica 'Fragrant Saltbush' Seeds

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Rhagodia parabolica 'Fragrant Saltbush' Seeds - 15x Seeds

Chenopodium parabolicum (Syn. Rhagodia parabolica), commonly known as fragrant saltbush or mealy saltbush, is a shrub in the family Amaranthacae. The species is native to Australia.

Uses: Hardy foliage plant, suitable for areas of low maintenance. Can be used as a background shrub in mixed plantings, or on wide roadside verges, road batters and wide median strips as a barrier, wind-break and soil control.
Requires good drainage. Prune to promote bushy foliage.
Food source and habitat refuge for small birds, lizards and small mammals.

Grows to 1.5-3m.

Bush food uses: 

The young leaves have a very salty taste. Boiling and rinsing can help to reduce the salt content. The leaves contain upto a third of their weight in salt.

Cultivation: Generally adaptable in cultivation, responds to sunny, reasonably well drained positions in most soils. Useful as an understory and ground cover plant. Very fast growing, hardy, and resistant to salt spray.

Prefers well-drained soils and is drought tolerant.

Seed Starting Method

As a general rule Rhagodia parabolica seed should be sown to the depth of the seed. 


No pretreatment of this seed is recommended. 

Although most Australian native/ endemic seed can be sown throughout the seasons across Australia it is advisable to sow in Spring or Summer in colder regions. The optimum temperate to ensure the best possible germination rate for sowing many Australian native/ endemic species is around 18-22°C.  

Sowing Depth

See above.
The seed will lodge in the pores of your seed starting mix once misted with water.

Growing Season

Spring & Autumn
Place in a warm sunny position and keep moist to avoid drying out.

Germination Time 10-30 days at around 18-22°C.
Hardiness Hardy 
Plant Spacing  N/A
Plant Height
Planting Position Partial or full sun
Days Until Maturity  N/A
Growing tips

Seeds of many native/endemic species require specific conditions that mimic their natural habitat or specially formulated seed treatments, to break dormancy. 

Do not be to quick to discard pots that haven't yet shown signs of seed germination. Seeds will often lay dormant until conditions are optimal and will produce amazing results, long after they have been forgotten.

Pre-treatment of smoke is recommended for most native species.

Research shows that many members of this species are responsive to pre-treatment of smoke, which mimocs an Australian bushfire. Although germination will may occur without smoke treatment it has proved be beneficial in reducing the number of days to germination and increasing germination rates of this species.

Smoke treatments are simple and can be undertaken by applying to the surface after sowing.

Click this link to view our seed starting treatments specially designed for Australian Natives


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