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Common Name: Shadscale Saltbush

Scientific Name: Atriplex confertifolia

Native / Introduced: Native

Main Uses:

~Restoring disturbed areas

~Wildlife habitat rehabilitation

Height: 1 - 2 1/2 feet

Colors: Yellow flowers, green foliage and brown branches

Flowering Season: Fall

Soil Types: Most well drained soils


~Salt and alkali


Elevation: 1,500 - 7,500 ft

Sun or Shade: Full sun

Minimum Precipitation: 5 – 8 inches

Lifecycle: Perennial

Estimated Seeds Per Pound: 65,000

Optimal Planting Season: Fall

Planting Depth: 1/2 inch deep

Stratification Requirements: Cold for 2-3 months

Category: Shrubs



Shadscale, an evergreen to semi-deciduous shrub, is widely distributed in the arid and semi-arid western United States. It thrives in various soil textures, commonly found on well-drained, often rocky soils in dry slopes, flats, valley bottoms, and ridges within the altitude range of 1,500 to 7,500 feet. Shadscale has high drought tolerance and provides forage year-round.


Shadscale exhibits excellent tolerance to salt and alkali. This shrub serves as a highly palatable forage for both large wildlife species and livestock, particularly in winter ranges. It also plays a crucial role for numerous smaller wildlife species by providing essential food and cover. In addition to its significance in range and wildlife habitat improvement, Shadscale is a valuable native shrub for restoring disturbed sites, particularly those characterized by dry and harsh conditions. Similar to Fourwing Saltbrush, it is essential to source seeds from compatible and appropriate locations for successful cultivation.



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Photo Credit: Matt Lavin

Shadscale Saltbush Seeds


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