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Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Plant Height: 3-15 centimeters
Plant Spread: 0.3-1.5 meters
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Other: Light Brown
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Erosion control
Suitable for forage
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Layering
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Goes Dormant

Common names
  • Mat Saltbush
  • Matscale

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Location: Dinosaur National Monument, Uintah County, Utah, United States
Date: 2022-06-26
Location: Green River, Utah, United States
Date: 2021-03-11
Location: Red Butte Garden, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Date: 2019-09-27
Location: Green River, Utah, United States
Date: 2021-03-11
Location: Green River, Utah, United States
Date: 2021-03-11
Location: Green River, Utah, United States
Date: 2021-03-11
  • Posted by BlueOddish (South Jordan, Utah, USA - Zone 7a) on Mar 8, 2021 2:52 PM concerning plant:
    Mat Saltbush is one of several woody species in the genus Atriplex that can be found in Utah but its range is restricted to the southeastern third of the state that lies within the Colorado Plateau (including the Uinta Basin) to which it is endemic. In Utah, this species can be found in Carbon, Duchesne, Emery, Garfield, Grand, Kane, San Juan, Sevier, Uintah, and Wayne counties. This species' range also extends into Colorado (Delta, Mesa, Moffat, Montezuma, and Montrose counties) and New Mexico (San Juan County).

    One place where this plant is unavoidably ubiquitous is along U.S. Highway 191 in Emery County, Utah between the ghost town of Woodside and Interstate 70 and Green River (the city) where it grows in salt flats and in some places is the only plant found growing there. Some other plants that it sometimes grows with that I recognized include Globemallow (Sphaeralcea), Porcupine Pricklypear (Opuntia polyacantha var. hystricina), Black Greasewood (Sarcobatus vermiculatus), and Astragaluses (Astragalus).

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