Taxon  Report   967    
Atriplex canescens  (Pursh) Nutt.
Fourwing saltbush,  Hoary saltbush, Shadscale
Atriplex canescens
© 2018 Ron Vanderhoff
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Atriplex canescens
© 2014 Jesse Rorabaugh
Atriplex canescens
© 2018 Ron Vanderhoff
Atriplex canescens, a dicot, is a shrub that is native to California, is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond.

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Plant Characteristics
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Bloom Period
Atriplex canescens
© 2001 Thomas M. Elder, M.D.
Communities: Alkali Sink, Creosote Bush Scrub, Pinyon-Juniper Woodland, Coastal Strand, Valley Grassland, Chaparral, Coastal Sage Scrub
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
ICPN: Atriplex nuttallii
ICPN: Calligonum canescens
More information about  Atriplex canescens
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation


Search the International Plants Names Index

Search (Flora of North America)

website references from Google

Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 19, 2019).