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Gardner Saltbush
(Atriplex gardneri)

 

Gardner saltbush is a small shrub native to the northern inter-mountain region (Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and southern Idaho). It grows from 15 to 30.5 cm (6 to 12 in.) with a spread of 30.5 to 61 cm (12 to 24 in.). The gray-green leaves are narrow and oblong. Gardner saltbush grows on dry slopes and ridges at elevations of 1,200 to 2,100 m (4,000 to 6,900 ft.). It is common on alkaline, clayey soils and has excellent salt and drought-tolerance.

Seed should be drilled to a depth of 0.6 to 2 cm (¼ to ¾ in.). The depth will vary with soil type and conditions (shallower in fine-textured, moist soils). Seeding rates should be increased when broadcast planting seeding or harsher sites. Early spring or late fall are the best planting dates. Gardner saltbush has good forage value and is browsed by game. Other uses include erosion control on mine reclamation sites and on very saline, alkaline sites.

 

SEEDING RATES:

7.8 kg PLS /hectare
7 lbs. PLS/acre

 

NUMBER OF SEEDS:

110,000 per lb. (0.46 kg)
 

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