Botanical Name: Atriplex gardneri
Common Name: Gardner Saltbush  
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Broadleaf Evergreen, Shrub, Ground cover


Height Range

Under 1'


Flower Color

Green, Yellow


Flower Season

Spring, Summer


Leaf Color

Grey Green, Grey


Bark Color

Brown, Grey


Fruit Color

Brown, Green


Fruit Season

Summer, Fall





Very Low, Low


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Meadow, Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish


Accenting Features

Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest



Location Uses

Background, Roadside


Special Uses

Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Naturalizing


Attracts Wildlife

Birds, Wildlife

Information by: Stephanie Duer
  • Description

  • Notes

Gardner Saltbush is a short, prostrate, evergreen shrub that grows about 6 to 12 inches tall and wide or wider. It has small, oval to rounded pale to grey green leaves and inconspicuous flowers. It provides excellent erosion control for naturally-styled landscapes, and excellent forage for livestock and wildlife. Available locally in seed.
As with other saltbush, grow in full sun and well drained soil. Gardner is tolerant of a wide variety of soil types as long as they are well drained. Tolerates soil pH up to 8.5 and 9. It is frost tolerant to 0 F. Gardner saltbush frequently occurs on heavy to medium textured soils in valley bottoms, plains and on slopes from 3,500 to 7,000 feet. Extremely salt and alkaline tolerant. Previous scientific names: Atriplex buxifolia, Atriplex gordonii, Atriplex nuttallii, Atriplex nuttallii ssp. buxifolia, Atriplex nuttallii ssp