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Atriplex confertifolia (photo courtesy of Mark Turner)
Atriplex confertifolia (photo courtesy of Mark Turner)

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Zones 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 10
Full Sun
Minimal Water

Atriplex confertifolia

Deciduous, Shrubs


Unusually tolerant of direct seashore conditions and highly alkaline desert soils, saltbushes are grown for their gray or silvery foliage. Flowers and seeds attract birds. Need good drainage. Often become straggly with age; to keep them compact, cut back previous year’s growth by one-third each year before the first flush of spring growth. Plants are fire resistant.

Atriplex confertifolia

Native to high plains and mesas from eastern Oregon and California to North Dakota, and south to northern Arizona, western Texas, and Mexico. A mounded, woody, spiny subshrub, 1–3 ft. tall and wide, with rounded, whitish leaves and pinkish or yellowish flower spikes in early summer.

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