Krascheninnikovia lanata (Pursh) A. Meeuse & Smit
Chenopodiaceae (Goosefoot Family)
Synonym(s): Ceratoides lanata, Ceratoides lanata var. ruinina, Ceratoides lanata var. subspinosa, Eurotia lanata, Eurotia lanata var. subspinosa
USDA Symbol: KRLA2
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 CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Size Class: 1-3 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , CO , ID , KS , MT , ND , NE , NM , NV , 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 ConditionsWater 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.
PropagationDescription: Propagate with seed or softwood cuttings. Seed treatment in not required.
Seed Collection: There is a high loss of viability if seeds are stored 2-3 years.
Seed Treatment: Stratification will enhance germination.
Commercially Avail: yes
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.
Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Krascheninnikovia lanata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Krascheninnikovia lanata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Krascheninnikovia lanata
MetadataRecord Modified: 2009-06-11
Research By: TWC Staff