Shadscale, Spiny saltbush, Shadscale saltbush, Hop sage
Chenopodiaceae (Goosefoot Family)
Shadscale or spiny saltbush is an erect, rigidly branched, spiny, rounded shrub,
1-3 ft. high. Persistent, velvety-gray leaves are densely crowded on scurfy branches which may become shiny and leafless. Attractive, summer flowers are followed by masses of creamy-yellow seed clusters.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
, WY Native Distribution:
to e. OR,
s. to n. & w. TX
& n. AZ Native Habitat:
Alkaline desert valleys; hillsides; bluffs
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Cold Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Dry, rocky or sandy, alkaline soils. Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay, Limestone-based, Caliche type, Calcareous.
Conditions Comments: Very salt and alkaline tolerant. Thrives on adversity. Will tolerate, but not do well, in clay.