Botanical name: Oxybasis
Botanical name: Oxybasis
Oxybasis are rarely cultivated in the garden, growing most commonly in the wild, in sunny disturbed areas. These multi-branching plants attract the most attention when they produce flowers throughout the summer and early fall. After flowering, the stems are covered in small seeds which allow the plants to spread themselves across their habitats.
Species of Oxybasis
Oak-leaved goosefoot (Oxybasis glauca) is an herbaceous summer annual native to Europe and Asia, but also present in other parts of the world as a weed. Its leaves look like miniature versions of oak leaves. Oxybasis glauca contains saponins, which are mildly toxic. Because some other goosefoot species are edible, care should be taken not to mix them up.
Oak-leaved Goosefoot (Oxybasis glauca subsp. glauca) is an annual plant whose common name comes from the shape of its leaves. It grows in full sun along roadsides railroads and disturbed places. Blooms from summer to fall with clusters of very small yellow flowers.
City goosefoot (Oxybasis urbica) can be found across the world. While it is unable to survive in shade, it thrives in disturbed habitats. The plant's leaves are shaped like the foot of a goose, which explains the name goosefoot. Gold and green dyes can be extracted from it. City goosefoot is easily confused with nettle-leaved goosefoot, which grows primarily in wetlands.
Pigweed (*Oxybasis rubra*) is an annual herb with red-tinged leaves and fruit that is also called coast line goosefoot, red goosefoot and red pigweed. It blooms from late summer to early fall with small, green flowers. Fruits follow flowers and are red and very noticeable.
Oxybasis glauca var. salina
Oxybasis glauca var. salina are rarely cultivated in the garden, growing most commonly in the wild, in sunny disturbed areas. These multi-branching plants attract the most attention when they produce flowers throughout the summer and early fall. After flowering, the stems are covered in small seeds which allow the plants to spread themselves across their habitats.
Saltmarsh goosefoot is a herbaceous annual that is salt and humidity tolerant, preferring nutrient-rich mud in exposed salty areas. Interestingly, this plant can have leaves of different shape; they can be oval with a smooth edge but also triangular and toothed. The life cycle of saltmarsh goosefoot is short, only 2-3 months.
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