Orach (Atriplex Hortensis Red Plume) is a hardy, annual herb plant that grows upright up to 72 inches tall depending on where it is grown. The leaves are variously shaped, but somewhat oblong, comparatively thin in texture, and slightly acid to the taste. The flowers are small and obscure, greenish or reddish, corresponding in a degree with the color of the foliage of the herb plant.
The Orach herb is a cool season plant, but it does not bolt as quickly as regular spinach. The leaves can be harvested longer into the summer without any bitter taste, and they are used as salad greens or cooked. This Red Plume variety is also highly ornamental and prized for its red coloring.
USDA Zones: 4 - 8
Height: 72 inches
Bloom Season: Mid summer
Foliage Color: Red
Environment: Full sun
Soil Type: Well drained, sandy to loamy, soil pH 5.0 - 8.2