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Atriplex semibaccata

Australian Saltbush
Amaranthaceae
Evergreen, Ground covers, 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 semibaccata

Native to Australia but naturalized in parts of the West and Southwest. Forms a dense, foot-high mat of 1/2–1 1/2-in.-long, gray-green leaves. Spreads from 1–6 ft. or even wider. Excellent groundcover; plant 3 ft. apart.

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