Four-wing Saltbush

Atriplex canescens

Common diecious shrub distinguished by the gray-green, often narrow leaves and distinctive 4-winged fruits. 

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Shrub
Longevity 20 (in years)
In relative feet, width by height
8 X 6
Description Oblong, light green with a dusting of waxy scurf.
Flower Color Green
Fruit Small, pappery, 4-winged; remains on the shrub. There male and female plants
Sun Full
Freeze Tolerance Poor
Ethnobotany/Medical Seeds used for meal, yellow dye. Havasupai used it to make soap for washing hair and to treat itches and rashes. Hopi used the ashes as a substitute for baking soda. Navajo used it as an emetic, to treat ant bites, cough, and as a hair tonic.
Water Needs Low, Moderate