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Krascheninnikovia lanata


Chenopodiaceae (Goosefoot Family)

Krascheninnikovia lanata (Winterfat)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Winterfat is a 1-3 ft., low, spreading shrub with gray-brown, exfoliating bark and fuzzy, pale blue, deciduous foliage. Flowers, on female plants only, are a brilliant silvery-white and occur in dense, axillary spikes.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf: White-Gray
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun


USA: AZ , CA , CO , ID , KS , MT , NE , NV , NM , ND , OK , OR , SD , TX , UT , WA , WY
Canada: MB , SK , YT
Native Distribution: Southern Alberta and Saskatchewan south through WA e. of the Cascades & Sierras through Oregon and California to Baja California, e. to southwestern Manitoba, w. ND, w. KS, & w. TX, with disjunct populations in the Yukon
Native Habitat: Rolling plains; rocky mesas; scrubby flats

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Clay, chalky or saline soils.
Conditions Comments: Winterfat will bloom and produce fruits the first year from seed. Must have a male plant nearby for females to produce flowers. To keep it bushy, prune it back in early spring. This drought tolerant plant is suitable for revegation purposes in alkaline areas.

Last Update: 2009-06-11