CATTLE SALTBUSH suitable for counties:
ARIZONA: La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Pima, Pinal, Yuma
CALIFORNIA: Fresno, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura
NEVADA: Clark, Lincoln, Nye
UTAH: All counties

Cattle saltbush belongs to family of chenopodiaceae plants, its species name is polycarpa. This plant grows actively in summer and fall. Cattle saltbush has green foliage and bears yellow colored flowers. Cattle saltbush booms in mid summer.The plant grows in semi-erect form with multiple stems. Cattle saltbush is a slow growing plant, a mature Cattle saltbush can grow up to 6.0 feet. This plant is highly tolerant to draught conditions.

Active Growth Period : Summer and Fall Flower Color : Yellow
Foliage Color : Green Growth Form : Multiple Stem
Growth Rate : Slow Height, Mature (feet) : 6.0
Drought Tolerance : High Frost Free Days, Minimum : 170
Temperature, Minimum (°F) : 7 Palatable Human : No
Bloom Period : Mid Summer


Bloom Period : Mid Summer Commercial Availability : Field Collections Only
Fruit/Seed Abundance : Medium Fruit/Seed Period Begin : Winter
Fruit/Seed Period End : Winter Fruit/Seed Persistence : No
Propogated by Bare Root : Yes Propogated by Bulbs : No
Propogated by Container : Yes Propogated by Corms : No
Propogated by Cuttings : No Propogated by Seed : Yes
Propogated by Sod : No Propogated by Sprigs : No
Propogated by Tubers : No Seeds per Pound : 490000
Seed Spread Rate : Slow Seedling Vigor : Low
Small Grain : No Vegetative Spread Rate : Slow


Berry/Nut/Seed Product : No Christmas Tree Product : No
Fodder Product : No Fuelwood Product : - -
Lumber Product : No Naval Store Product : No
Nursery Stock Product : No Palatable Browse Animal : Low
Palatable Graze Animal : Low Palatable Human : No
Post Product : No Protein Potential : Low
Pulpwood Product : No Veneer Product : No


Active Growth Period : Summer and Fall After Harvest Regrowth Rate : - -
Bloat : Low C:N Ratio : High
Coppice Potential : No Fall Conspicuous : No
Fire Resistance : No Flower Color : Yellow
Flower Conspicuous : No Foliage Color : Green
Foliage Porosity Summer : Moderate Foliage Porosity Winter : Moderate
Foliage Texture : Coarse Fruit Color : Brown
Fruit Conspicuous : No Growth Form : Multiple Stem
Growth Rate : Slow Height at Base Age, Maximum (feet) : 6
Height, Mature (feet) : 6.0 Known Allelopath : No
Leaf Retention : No Lifespan : Moderate
Low Growing Grass : No Nitrogen Fixation : None
Resprout Ability : Yes Shape and Orientation : Semi-Erect
Toxicity : None

Growth Requirements

Adapted to Coarse Textured Soils : Yes Adapted to Medium Textured Soils : Yes
Adapted to Fine Textured Soils : No Anaerobic Tolerance : None
CaCO3 Tolerance : High Cold Stratification Required : No
Drought Tolerance : High Fertility Requirement : Medium
Fire Tolerance : Low Frost Free Days, Minimum : 170
Hedge Tolerance : Medium Moisture Use : Medium
pH (Minimum) : 7.5 pH (Maximum) : 9.0
Planting Density per Acre, Minimum : 1200 Planting Density per Acre, Maximum : 2800
Precipitation (Minimum) : 12 Precipitation (Maximum) : 12
Root Depth, Minimum (inches) : 10 Salinity Tolerance : High
Shade Tolerance : Intolerant Temperature, Minimum (°F) : 7



cattle saltbush
Steve Hurst. Provided by ARS Systematic Botany and Mycology Laboratory. United States, AZ, Tucson.
cattle saltbush
©Mark W. Skinner. United States, CA, San Luis Obispo Co., Temblor Range.
cattle saltbush
©Gary A. Monroe. United States, CA, Inyo Co., Death Valley National Park. June 24, 2007.
cattle saltbush
©Gary A. Monroe. United States, CA, Inyo Co., Death Valley National Park. June 24, 2007.


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