Creeping Saltbush - Rhagodia Spinescens ‘Silver Border’

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Creeping Saltbush - Rhagodia Spinescens ‘Silver Border’

Creeping Saltbush - Rhagodia Spinescens ‘Silver Border’


40 Myoora Rd, Terrey Hills NSW 2084

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40 Myoora Road
Terrey Hills NSW 2084

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The Creeping Saltbush 'Silver Border', also known as Rhagodia Spinescens 'Silver Border', is a resilient and versatile Australian native shrub that thrives in challenging environments. This low-maintenance beauty boasts stunning silver-grey foliage, adds texture and interest to gardens, and even offers culinary and medicinal potential.


    • Growth: This compact shrub grows to a manageable height of 0.5-1 metre and can spread 1-2 metres wide, forming a dense, mounding shape.
    • Foliage: The star attraction is the captivating silvery-grey foliage. The small, oval-shaped leaves create a soft, textured tapestry that adds contrast and dimension to any landscape.
    • Flowers: Tiny, creamy-white flowers bloom in spring and summer, adding a delicate touch to the shrub's appearance.
    • Fruits: After the flowers fade, small red berries emerge, providing another pop of colour and potential culinary uses.


    • Ornamental: The Creeping Saltbush 'Silver Border' is a versatile addition to various garden styles. Its low-growing nature makes it ideal for borders, rockeries, and groundcovers, while its tolerance for coastal conditions allows it to shine near the seaside.
    • Culinary: The leaves are edible and possess a slightly salty flavour, making them a unique ingredient for salads, dips, and even pestos. The berries can also be used in jams and jellies.
    • Medicinal: Traditionally, the leaves have been used for their potential medicinal properties, including treating skin conditions and wounds. However, it's crucial to consult a healthcare professional before using any plant for medicinal purposes.
    • Environmental benefits: This salt-tolerant plant helps prevent soil erosion in coastal areas and attracts beneficial pollinators like bees and butterflies.

Growing and Caring:

    • Climate: Thrives in warm, temperate climates and tolerates coastal conditions, including salt spray and sandy soils.
    • Soil: Well-drained soil is essential, as the plant is susceptible to root rot in soggy conditions. Sandy or rocky soils are suitable.
    • Sunlight: Full sun exposure encourages optimal growth and flowering. However, it can tolerate partial shade in hot climates.
    • Watering: Water deeply but infrequently, allowing the soil to dry slightly between waterings. Once established, it is drought-tolerant.
    • Fertilising: Light application of native fertiliser in spring is beneficial but not essential.
    • Pruning: Can be pruned lightly to maintain shape and encourage bushier growth.

Height: Typically grows to 0.5-1 metre tall with a spread of 1-2 metres.

Additional notes:

    • While the leaves are generally safe for consumption, it's crucial to identify the specific Rhagodia species correctly, as some varieties may be toxic.
    • The plant is relatively low-maintenance and pest-resistant, making it a good choice for busy gardeners.
    • It can readily self-seed, so be mindful of potential spread in certain areas.

By incorporating the Creeping Saltbush 'Silver Border' into your garden, you'll gain a hardy and versatile plant that offers visual appeal, culinary possibilities, and environmental benefits. Embrace its low-maintenance charm and let it add a touch of Australian beauty and resilience to your space!