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Common Name: Mat Saltbush

Scientific Name: Atriplex corrugata

Native / Introduced: Native

Main Uses:

~Revegitation projects
~Disturbed soils rehabilitation

Height: 2-4 feet

Colors: Light green

Flowering Season: Late spring

Soil Types: Alkaline and clay soils

Elevation: 4,000 – 7,000 feet

Tolerances: Alkali and salt

Sun or Shade: Full Sunlight

Minimum Precipitation: 5-8 inches

Lifecycle: Perennial

Planting Seed Rate: 6-8 lbs/acre

Estimated Seeds Per Pound: 100,000

Optimal Planting Season: Fall

Planting Depth: 1/4 inch

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



Mat Saltbush is an evergreen shrub that grows in a mat-forming shape and is mainly found in the eastern regions of Utah and western areas of Colorado. It typically grows at elevations ranging from 4,000 to 7,000 feet and is commonly found on alkaline clay soils on dry slopes, flats, and ridges. This species of saltbush is highly tolerant of alkali and salt, making it well-suited to growing in these types of challenging environments.

In addition to its adaptability to difficult soil types, Mat Saltbush is also valued for its use as a source of winter forage for both wildlife and livestock. It is often used for revegetation efforts in disturbed areas that require native plant species to help restore the ecosystem. Despite heavy grazing, this species of saltbush is known to tolerate such conditions and continue to thrive. Mat Saltbush is particularly useful in reclamation efforts for man-made disturbances, such as mines and road construction, due to its ability to adapt and grow in a variety of soil types.



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Photo Credit: Andrey Zharkikh

Mat Saltbrush


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