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Atriplex lentiformis

Quail Bush
Amaranthaceae
Deciduous, Shrubs

ATRIPLEX

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 lentiformis

Native to alkali wastes in California valleys and deserts and east to Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. Densely branched, sometimes spiny shrub, to 3–10 ft. high and 6–12 ft. wide. Oval, bluish gray leaves 1/2–2 in. long. Useful as salt-tolerant informal hedge or windbreak.

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