Torr. & Frém.
Shadscale is a common, often dominant, shrub in the lowest and driest areas of the Great Basin. It prefers sandy, well-drained soils and it is tolerant of moderately saline conditions.
The height of Atriplex confertifolia varies from 1–3 feet (0.30–0.91 m). Shadscale fruits and leaves provide important winter browse for domestic livestock and native herbivores. Compared to fourwing saltbush (Atriplex canescens), shadscale has shorter and wider leaves and the fruit does not have four wings (although it may have two wings in a "V" shape).
This species blooms from March to June.
- USDA Plants Profile: Atriplex confertifolia
- UC/Jepson Manual treatment - Atriplex confertifolia
- Flora of North America Atriplex confertifolia
- efloras.org: Range Map