Spiny Saltbush, Shadscale Atriplex confertifolia - Obione confertifolia

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Botanical Name:

Atriplex confertifolia







Common Name:

Spiny Saltbush, Shadscale

Seeds Per Pound:
3.83 lb
Average Viable Seeds/Packet:
Germination Test Type:
1-3 feet
Collection Locale:
Crop Year:
Minimum Hardiness Zone:
In Stock: 3.83 lb
  • Atriplex confertifolia

Items are priced on a curve, you can buy any 'bulk quantity' up to what we have in stock, some examples are:
1 packet (~ 39 seeds)
10 gram (~ 1259 seeds)
1 oz (~ 3569 seeds)
1 lb (~ 57107 seeds)
Growing Info, follow in order:
Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours, rinse 3 times.
Stratification: none required.
Germination: sow seed 1/4" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
In a Nutshell:
* Shadscale fruits and leaves provide important winter browse for both domestic livestock and native herbivores. more...
* The leaves are cooked and used as greens. The water in which the leaves are cooked is used in making corn pudding .
* The seed is used in pinole or ground into a meal and used as a thickener in making bread or mixed with flour in making bread. more...

Conservation Plant Characteristics

Atriplex confertifolia (Torr. & Frém.) S. Watson
shadscale saltbush

Duration Perennial
Growth Habit Subshrub, Shrub
Native Status L48 (N)
Federal T/E Status
National Wetland Indicator
Active Growth Period Spring and Summer
After Harvest Regrowth Rate
Bloat Low
C:N Ratio High
Coppice Potential No
Fall Conspicuous No
Fire Resistant Yes
Flower Color Yellow
Flower Conspicuous No
Foliage Color Green
Foliage Porosity Summer Moderate
Foliage Porosity Winter Porous
Foliage Texture Coarse
Fruit/Seed Color Brown
Fruit/Seed Conspicuous No
Growth Form Multiple Stem
Growth Rate Slow
Height at 20 Years, Maximum (feet) 3
Height, Mature (feet) 3.0
Known Allelopath Yes
Leaf Retention No
Lifespan Moderate
Low Growing Grass No
Nitrogen Fixation None
Resprout Ability No
Shape and Orientation Semi-Erect
Toxicity None
Growth Requirements
Adapted to Coarse Textured Soils Yes
Adapted to Fine Textured Soils Yes
Adapted to Medium Textured Soils Yes
Anaerobic Tolerance None
CaCO3 Tolerance High
Cold Stratification Required No
Drought Tolerance High
Fertility Requirement Medium
Fire Tolerance Low
Frost Free Days, Minimum 165
Hedge Tolerance Medium
Moisture Use Medium
pH, Minimum 7.5
pH, Maximum 9.0
Planting Density per Acre, Minimum 1200
Planting Density per Acre, Maximum 2800
Precipitation, Minimum 4
Precipitation, Maximum 12
Root Depth, Minimum (inches) 10
Salinity Tolerance High
Shade Tolerance Intolerant
Temperature, Minimum (°F) -38
Bloom Period Early Summer
Commercial Availability Routinely Available
Fruit/Seed Abundance Medium
Fruit/Seed Period Begin Summer
Fruit/Seed Period End Fall
Fruit/Seed Persistence No
Propagated by Bare Root Yes
Propagated by Bulb No
Propagated by Container Yes
Propagated by Corm No
Propagated by Cuttings No
Propagated by Seed Yes
Propagated by Sod No
Propagated by Sprigs No
Propagated by Tubers No
Seed per Pound 60585
Seed Spread Rate Slow
Seedling Vigor Low
Small Grain No
Vegetative Spread Rate Slow
Berry/Nut/Seed Product No
Christmas Tree Product No
Fodder Product No
Fuelwood Product
Lumber Product No
Naval Store Product No
Nursery Stock Product No
Palatable Browse Animal High
Palatable Graze Animal High
Palatable Human No
Post Product No
Protein Potential Medium
Pulpwood Product No
Veneer Product No
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