Sep. 22, 2022

common orache, Atriplex patula

You have all seen orache. This is one of our most ubiquitous weeds. So ubiquitous that its unclear where it came from. Most figure it started in Eurasia. But seeds have been found in west coast archeological excavations that predate the European arrival. Orache can be eaten like spinach. There is a garden species that is more used. Common orache grows everywhere except AR, AZ, LA, MS, NM, OK, TN, TX, LB, and YT. Beal Gardens weed demonstration bed, MSU, 8/13/13. Amaranth family, Amaranthaceae.