A remarkable shrub of the Colorado plateau, Atriplex canescens | Fourwing Saltbush gets its name from the four papery wings attached to the seed. It endures ruthless¬† sites and even in the wildest locations it holds its own, giving it a place in the xeriscape garden.¬† A drought tolerant shrub, Fourwing requires a small amount of supplemental water and it’s natural arching form needs only a little attention to remove spent seed stalks. It provides superior habitat for small birds and mammals, and its use is only limited by the creative talent of the gardener.

Growth rate: Fast

Height: 4ft-5ft


Full sun

Very low water

Zone: 3-8