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Maireana sedifolia

Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Maireana (MAIR-ay-AH-na) (Info)
Species: sedifolia (sed-ih-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Kochia sedifolia

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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4 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive poeciliopsis On Feb 28, 2015, poeciliopsis from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

Central Phoenix -- Marieana sedifolia in my garden grows in a bed elevated 3 feet above the rest of the yard. It grows in compacted sandy clay and gets only natural precipitation, although it sometimes get minor overspray from a nearby drip sprayer. It does quite well and I suspect it has roots down far enough to tap into flood irrigation water in the non-elevated part of the yard. The plant was put in in 2009 and has spread into a mound about 4 feet long, 2 feet wide, and 2 1/2 feet tall. It is more rangy than I expected, but this may be because it gets quite a bit of afternoon shade. It has never received winter protection and has survived over a week of nights into the mid 20sF without damage

Positive feisele On Mar 27, 2014, feisele from Tucson, AZ wrote:

I really like this plant, and it's doing very well in my Tucson patio. However, I'd like to take some cuttings to grow a few plants elsewhere in my yard.

Anyone have any experience with or advice on doing this (making cuttings of Maireana sedifolia)? Do I just snip off a short cutting and stick it in potting soil til it has roots? Thanks in advance.

Positive palmbob On Jun 18, 2005, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This striking landscape plant is one of Australias few native succulents.

Positive Happenstance On Aug 29, 2003, Happenstance from Northern California, CA wrote:

Native of Australia, an evergreen shrub to 4 tall and wide grown with beautiful, striking foliage. Used for cut foliage, very tolerant of dry, alkaline conditions, hardy to 20F


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Glendale, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports)
Tucson, Arizona
Clayton, California
San Diego, California
Austin, Texas

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