Atriplex hortensis Also called mountain spinach, Triple Orach is a beautiful ornamental as well as a delicious edible plant, native to Europe and Asia. It has been cultivated in the Mediterranean region as a garden vegetable for more than 4000 years. The young, tender leaves and sprouts are a bright red and can be used in salads and salad mixes. Older leaves fade to green and are cooked as a nutritious leafy green. Contains three times the vitamin C as spinach!! The burgundy leaves are beautiful AND nutritious. Great addition to your edible flower bed. Full to part sun. Orach is easier to grow than spinach; it is more tolerant of heat, cold and drought. It can grow to 5ft in height, but begin picking once the plant 1ft tall. Sow from spring through to autumn. Will self-seed so you can grow them again next year! 40 days to harvest. Growing instructions Start seed indoors 4-5 weeks before last frost in pots, or sow directly into the garden after danger of serious frost has passed. Cover seeds with 1/4 inch of fine soil. 9 to 21 day germination time. Keep soil moderately moist during germination (not soggy). Transplant indoor started seedlings after hardening off and danger of serious frost has passed. Space plants at least 8 inches apart.