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Atriplex confertiflora

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Botanical Name: Atriplex confertiflora
Common Name: Shadscale or Spiny Saltbush

Shadscale is a common, often dominant, shrub in the lowest and driest areas of the Great Basin. Compared to fourwing saltbush, shadscale has shorter and wider leaves and the fruit does not have four wings (although it may have two wings in a "V" shape).

Plant Family: Chenopodiaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 1-3' H x 1-3' W
Growth Habit: Dense branching
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Sandy, well-drained soils
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 7500'
Flower Season: April through July
Flower Color: Yellow-green
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: High Sierra Nevada (e slope), Great Basin Floristic Province, Mojave Desert
Natural Habitat: Alkaline flats, gravelly slopes in scrub, pinyon/juniper woodland below 5000'

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