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Herbsaceous Plants

Arabic Name

القطين، القطينة

Latin Name

Bassia eriophora , Chenopodiaceae

English Name

Bassia, umm haas

This is a native, halophytic species commonly seen on desert ground on saline and non-saline, sandy soils and in desert wadis in the ArArriyadh Region. Its Arabic name is umm haas. An annual herb with brittle branches and flowers on dense spikes in late spring, it becomes almost completely covered by a white, cotton wool-like fleece. Propagated by seed or annual self-seeding and perpetuating in situ, this is a plant for very extensive use in totally natural situations. When covering gravel or sand like a carpet, its woolly appearance makes it an attractive plant with a potentially high landscape value.

General information

Family Name : Chenopodiaceae
Origin: Tropical , Mediterranean , Sub Tropical
Rainfall: Semi Arid , Extremely Arid , Very Arid
Propagation: Direct Sowing
Maintenance: Moderate
Planting Phase: Biennial , Annual

Environmental conditions

Urban Climate: Resistant
Desiccation: Resistant
Drought: Vulnerable
Irrigation: None
Salinity: High < 5,000 ppm
Hardiness Zones: -3°C

Plant shape

Height: 0.15 M
Expansion: 0.25 M
Foliage: Evergreen

Flower

Colour: White
Size: From 0.1 To 0.3 CM
Flowering Period: From Early March Till Late June

Fruit

Type Of Fruit: Achene
Size: 0.1 CM

Location of Use :

Open Country , Rock Garden , Massed Planting , Hillside Planting , Steppe Garden , Extensive Roof Garden , Urban Area , Wadi Plant , Rowda Plant

Other choices :

Cut Flower , Attractive Foliage , Environmental Consolidation , Ground Cover , Plant Used by ADA , Seasonal Display , Nativ in Riyadh , Colonisers

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