This densely-branched deciduous shrub has spiny branch tips, affording excellent cover for wildlife. It occurs in dense stands, with individual plants varying in form. The small, dull gray-green leaves vary in shape from oblong to oval to deltoid. The plants are separately sexed with greenish flowers from late winter through spring, followed by tan papery seeds on the female plants. These seeds are an important food source for native birds and mammals. This saltbush is native to much of the Southwest, occurring on alkali flats. It is extremely drought and alkaline tolerant. Plant in full sun.