Plant family: Chenopodiaceae - Goosefoot
Plant type: Groundcover
Plant origin: N/A, California
Atriplex leucophylla is a species of saltbush known by the common names Beach Saltbush and White Orache. It is native to the coastline of California and Baja California, and the Channel Islands, where it is a resident of beach dunes and other sandy areas. Although technically a wetlands species, this plant is drought tolerant surviving on only occasional water.
A small grey-greenish to white groundcover reaching only 1"-3" high and spreading a few feet. The bloom period of this species is one of the longest of the Atriplex genus, it blooms from April to October. The blooms are white against the white-ish foliage so they tend to be inconspicuous. Important source of seed for birds.
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