Atriplex lentiformis ssp. lentiformis

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Atriplex lentiformis ssp. lentiformis
Atriplex lentiformis ssp. lentiformis
Atriplex lentiformis ssp. lentiformis

Species Name: Atriplex lentiformis ssp. lentiformis
Common Name: Quail Bush, Big Saltbush

Beautiful gray leaves. Great for quick cover and erosion control. Pest free. Excellent choice for bird gardens. Quail eat the seeds, and prefer the shrub for protective cover.

Plant Family: Chenopodiaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 10-15' H x 10' W
Growth Habit: Dense
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Summer/Fall
Flower Color: Pale-white
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Southern Sierra Nevada, deltaic Great Central Valley, San Joaquin Valley, Inner South Coast Ranges, South Coast, northern West Transverse Ranges, East Sierra Nevada, Deserts.
Natural Habitat: Alkaline or saline washes, dry lakes, shrubland; Elevation: below 4,500'

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A silvery leaved spreading shrub reaching a height of 6 to 10 feet. Fruiting bracts generally rose-colored and most attractive. Very pretty when used as single specimens, in groups, or as a hedge. Gallon cans, 40c."
Other Names
  • Atriplex lentiformis ssp. breweri

  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.