Four-wing Saltbush

Atriplex canescens

Not know for its flowers, this bush, sometimes called quailbush, provides shelter for desert inhabitants like birds. Atriplex species takes salt out of the soil and deposit it on hairs on the leaf surface. The hairs eventually die and leave salt deposits on the leaves that reflect heat.

Flowers: J F M A M J J A S O N D
Status: Native
Origin: Common through much of the Sonoran Desert, especially near rivers or areas that are occasionally flooded
Family: Amaranthaceae
Size: 5′ high x 8′ wide
Sun: Full and reflected
Watering: Low
Growth Rate: Moderate
Soil: Tolerant
Temperature: Hardy to 0 F
Disease and Pests:
Uses: Excellent bird nesting habitat, granivorous birds eat the seeds, larval host for the Western Pygmy Blue, Mohave Sooty Wing, Saltbush Sooty Wing, Geometric Moth
Notes: Inconspicuous flowers, allergenic


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