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Quailbush
Atriplex lentiformis ssp. breweri
  
About Quailbush (Atriplex lentiformis ssp. breweri) 27 Nurseries Carry This Plant Quailbush (Atriplex lentiformis ssp. breweri) is a native shrub in the Chenopodiaceae (Goosefoot) family that grows primarily along the coast in southern California, with scattered inland locations. Some authorities do not recognize this coastal subspecies as distinct from the parent species or ssp. lentiformis. The difference is in the larger leaves and fruits of ssp. breweri. It tends to grow in wetlands at elevations from sea level to 5,000 feet, although it may also be found outside of wetlands. Though not a showy plant, it is very tolerant of harsh conditions including alkalinity, salinity, heat, cold and drought. It is an excellent wildlife plant, attracting numerous birds, small mammals and insects. Its size and appearance make it less popular for the average residential garden but well-suited for larger gardens or acreage where the creation of wildlife habitat is desired. Although drought tolerant, a source of underground water is preferred.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Shrub

Size
Size
8 ft tall
10 ft wide

Form
Form
Mounding

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Fast

Dormancy
Dormancy
Evergreen

Fragrance
Fragrance
Fragrant - Unpleasant

Flower Color
Flower Color
Yellow

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Summer, Fall

Wildlife Supported
 
Numerous birds such as quail and thrasher, small mammals such as rabbits, and insects such as butterflies. Species in the Atriplex genus are host plant to the Saltbush Sootywing and Pygmy Blue butterflies.

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun

Moisture
Moisture
Low

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 1x / month once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Very Easy

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to 0° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Medium

Soil Description
Soil Description
Tolerates a variety of soils. Tolerates Saline Soil,Tolerates Sodic Soil. Soil PH: 6.0 - 9.0

Common uses
Common uses
Bank Stabilization, Hedges, Bird Gardens

Companion Plants
Companion Plants
Use with other plants of moist, saline or alkaline areas such as Iodine Bush (Allenrolfea occidentalis), Alkali Goldenbush (Isocoma acradenia), Desert Thorn (Lycium sp.), Coyote Brush (Baccharis pilularis), Saltwort (Batis maritima), Arrow Weed (Pluchea sericea), Seablight (Saueda californica or taxifolia), and Pickleweed (Salicornia sp.)

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Wet places, including alkali sinks, salt flats, and drainage ditches

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 2.6" - 30.2", Summer Precipitation: 0.15" - 1.32", Coldest Month: 44.6" - 59.9", Hottest Month: 63.8" - 88.7", Humidity: 0.91" - 40.73", Elevation: -43" - 3051"


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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