Atriplex lentiformis ssp. breweri
Atriplex lentiformis ssp. breweri
Atriplex lentiformis ssp. breweri
Atriplex lentiformis ssp. breweri

Atriplex lentiformis ssp. breweri

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Quailbush

(Atriplex lentiformis ssp. breweri) is a native spreading  shrub in the Chenopodiaceae (Goosefoot) family that grows up to five feet tall and wide.  Plants resprout well after hard pruning.  Some authorities do not recognize this coastal subspecies as distinct from the parent species or ssp. lentiformis. The difference is in the larger leaves and fruits of ssp. breweri.   It tends to grow in wetlands at elevations from sea level to 5,000 feet, although it may also be found outside of wetlands. Though not a showy plant, it is very tolerant of harsh conditions including alkalinity, salinity, heat, cold and drought.  Although drought tolerant, a source of underground water is preferred.

Plant in full sun to light shade

- Best in well-drained soil, does not need irrigation

- Water once a month after the first year

- Drought tolerant

- Attracts birds and butterflies

- Hardy up to 15 degrees

- Native to California