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Atriplex leucophylla

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Botanical Name: Atriplex leucophylla
Common Name: Sand Mat or Beach Saltbush

A beautiful grey-green groundcover that does great in coastal areas very close to the ocean. Needs good drainage.

Plant Family: Chenopodiaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 1' H x 3-6' W
Growth Habit: Mat-forming
Deciduous/Evergreen: Semi-deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: Frost tender
Flower Season: Summer/Fall
Flower Color: Yellow
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: North Coast, Central Coast, San Francisco Bay, South Coast, Channel Islands
Natural Habitat: Sandy soils and dunes


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