Reliable Botanical Resource
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- January 31, 2011 at 1:55 am #29121AnonymousInactive
Hi all! I’m a fairly new gardener (three years in is still new, right?) an I am attracted to the unfamiliar like a moth to the flame. I’m a bit over-my head on my newest acquisition (agretto-ruscolo-barba di frate…take your pick) and the readily available resources comes up with little useful growing info. Everything on the web is jumbled and I’m not even confidant in the information provided by my distributor.
I’m after is a reliable (dare I say, rigorous) botanical profile of my elusive italian crop. Ideas?
Thank you!February 3, 2011 at 1:15 am #29637AnonymousInactive
What you are referring too may be a member of the Genus Salsola. Salsola is in the Chenopodium family which also includes spinach, chard, beets, lambs quarters and orach just to name a few. Salsola’s are often halophytic, they live in a more saline or salty environment. Several have the common name Saltwort.
I have heard they are fairly easy in good garden soil and do not require salinity. It seems as though a few of the seed catalogs carried them recently.
Hope this helps your further research.February 4, 2011 at 5:27 am #29638AnonymousInactive
Fenneltop, you are spot on. Thank you for the assist!
The information got much better once I stopped looking for “Agretti” and started searching for “chenopodiaceae roscano.” Turns out Agretti is a term for selling immature plant at market and not the best way to find out more about growth habits and needs.
Simon at Serendipity ( http://woodmansterne.blogspot.com) kindly provided the following information about his crop last season:
* if high quality the germination rates will be high, although the seed itself has a short shelf life. He (in the UK) starts in April with adequate frost cover and is quite successful.
* the crop is tolerant of many soil types/qualities.
* you can harvest all season if you cut off the fresh tips and leave to grow.
Other good resources I turned up that are accessible to all:
Resources accessible if you have a subscription:
Barilla (Salsola soda, Chenopodiacae) by K. Hammer, et al in Economic Botany, volume 44, no 3 (1990)
Resources accessible if you read Italian:
I haven’t dug into these yet, but hope to make some headway this weekend. Sorry for the long post. Maybe it will help someone else out there in gardenland!
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