Mealy or Fragrant Saltbush (Rhagodia parabolica) is a very common plant around the Gawler area and practically everywhere I’ve been in South Australia, as they are a favourite plant of councils and landscapers. It’s soft looking, grey leaves and branching panicles of flowers are the give awayin identifying this plant. The dense clusters of red berries on the flower stems are another good indicator when in season.
The best way to identify Mealy saltbush is to examine the leaves. They are grey-green and have a grey-white powder on them.
There are other edible saltbushes listed on the Saltbushes page.