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| Tubercled Saltbush, Salt Bush, Salt Brush, Cock's-comb Saltbush|
Tubercled saltbush grows in alkaline flats, gypseous clays, and sometimes somewhat saline soils in the Trans-Pecos and South Texas. It is a low-growing, rounded, evergreen shrub with silver-gray leaves, and flat tubercles (small tuber-like projections)on the spongy fruiting bracts which resemble a rooster's comb. A. acanthocarpa is dioecious, meaning male and female flowers are on different plants. Atriplex have an adaptive capacity for tolerating very hot, very dry, saline sites. In the landscape, saltbushes are useful as hedges, or as backdrops where their attractive silvery foliage makes a good contrast to green-leaved plants. They can also be used for windbreaks, roadside plantings, as a soil binder along canals and ditch banks, and as a ground cover.
Plant Habit or Use: small shrub
Flower Color: greenish gray, inconspicuous
Blooming Period: summer
Fruit Characteristics: capsule compressed by spongy tubercled bracts
Height: 2 to 4 feet
Width: 2 to 4 feet
Plant Character: evergreen
Heat Tolerance: very high
Soil Requirements: alkaline