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About half a dozen species of A.triplex are occasionally met with in gardens, the commonest and best being A. halimus. They belong to the goosefoot family, and are chiefly distinguished by the grey, whitish or silvery aspect of the foliage. The W. American species form part of the characteristic grey vegetation of the great alkaline and saline areas of that region. Leaves alternate or rarely opposite; flowers very small and quite unattractive. They need a light soil of moderate quality not enriched with manure, and a sunny position. They rarely bear fruit, and some do not even flower in cultivation. All should be tried in maritime localities. Increased easily by summer cuttings.

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