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Common Name: Gardner Saltbush

Scientific Name: Atriplex gardneri

Native / Introduced: Native

Main Uses:

~Distrubed soil restoration
~Wildlife Habitat Improvement

Height: 6-12 inches

Colors: Light green with some red and maroon

Flowering Season: June to August

Soil Types: Fine to medium textures

Elevation: 3,500 – 7,500 feet

Tolerances: Salt and Alkali

Sun or Shade: Full Sunlight

Minimum Precipitation: 6-8 inches

Lifecycle: Perennial

Planting Seed Rate: 1 lbs/ac

Estimated Seeds Per Pound: 111,000

Optimal Planting Season: Fall

Planting Depth: 1/2 inch

Stratification Required: Store in freezer and plant in fall to ensure natural stratification



Gardner Saltbush is a type of prostrate shrub that can be found in several states in the western United States. This species of shrub typically grows at elevations ranging from 3,500 to 7,500 feet and is most commonly found in fine textured clay badlands. However, Gardner Saltbush can also be found growing on fine to medium textured dry slopes, ridges, and flats. This shrub is known for being very tolerant of drought, salt and alkali, as well as cold temperatures.

Gardner Saltbush is an important shrub for both wildlife and livestock, as it provides good palatability year-round. In addition, this shrub is widely used for reclamation efforts in areas where mining or other soil-disturbing activities have occurred. The saltbush is also a popular choice for range and wildlife habitat improvement and restoration efforts. With its ability to thrive in challenging environments and its usefulness in a variety of contexts, Gardner Saltbush is a valuable native species that plays an important role in many ecosystems throughout the western United States.



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Photo Credit: Matt Lavin

Gardner Saltbush


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