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Atriplex polycarpa
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Cattle Saltbush
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Atriplex polycarpa

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About Cattle Saltbush (Atriplex polycarpa) Atriplex polycarpa (Allscale, Cattle spinach, Allscale saltbush, Cattle saltbush) is a plant in the Amaranthaceae family. It is native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
3.5 - 7 ft (1.1 - 2.1 m)


Growth Rate

Flower Color
Yellow, Cream

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Alkaline flats, dry lakes


Elevation ?
-273' - 8016'

Annual Precip. ?
1.9" - 35.6"

Summer Precip. ?
0.13" - 3.32"

Coldest Month ?
28.6° F - 61.4° F

Hottest Month ?
60.1° F - 90.9° F

Humidity ?
0.94 vpd - 49.37 vpd

Soil Description
Prefers sandy or loamy soils. Does not grow well in clay soils.

Fast, Medium, Slow

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Water Requirement ?
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Propagation ?
For propagating by seed: No treatment. Germination in darkness may give better results (Sankaryand Barbour 1972).

Common uses
Hedges, Bird Gardens

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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