Fourwing Saltbush is a native perennial shrub. The plant varies in height from 2-4 feet tall and is easily identified by its grayish-white color. The leaves are scaly and thick and are approximately 2 inches in length. It is adapted to the dry climates of the American Southwest especially in New Mexico, South Texas and the Rocky Mountains. The plant performs best on alkaline and saline soils.
Fourwing saltbush is considered an important browse plant in wildlife populations and livestock. The species is best utilized when blended in seed mixtures with native grasses and other forbs. It is utilized primarily for land restoration, erosion control, and wildlife plantings. Fourwing Saltbush is best used as a component in range seedings especially in high saline, droughty soils.
Seedings should be made on a well-prepared, firm weed-free seedbed. Seeding rates of 1 -2 pure live seed pounds per acre when blended with native forbs and grasses is adequate.
|Feb. - June
|Grazing, Wildlife Habitat, Erosion Control, Reclamation