Atriplex confertifolia (Torr. & Frém.) S. Wats.
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
AZ , CA , CO , ID , MT , NV , NM , ND , OR , TX , UT , WY Native Distribution:
W. ND to e. OR, s. to n. & w. TX & n. AZ Native Habitat:
Alkaline desert valleys; hillsides; bluffs USDA Native Status: L48(N)
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.