Botanical Name: Atriplex hymenelytra
 Common Name: Desert Holly
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Shrub, Perennial

 

Height Range

1-3'

 

Flower Color

 

Flower Season

 

Leaf Color

Grey

 

Bark Color

Grey

 

Fruit Color

Red

 

Fruit Season

Winter, Spring

Sun

Full

 

Water

Very Low, Low, Extra in Summer

 

Growth Rate

Moderate

 

Soil Type

Sandy, Loam, Rocky

 

Soil Condition

Average, Well-drained

 

Soil pH

Neutral, Basic

 

Adverse Factors

Design Styles

 

Accenting Features

Multi-trunk Tree, Unusual Shape

 

Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring

 

Location Uses

Perennial Border, Parking Strip, Walkways, With Rocks

 

Special Uses

 

Attracts Wildlife

Information by: George Hull MSN

Photographer: Mountain States Nursery

  • Description

  • Notes

Southern Calif to Arizona native in gravelly washes and alkaline flats below 2500'. To 3' x 3'. Silvery holly like leaves. Needs good drainage. Very attractive for cut foliage. Evergreen. Do not overwater and will live on available rainfall when est Striking looking. Would look great with silvery Agaves. With age this can take on a purplish cast. Flowers are inconspicuous Feb-April. Erect low growing shrub. Males & Females.
Upper 20sF hymen=membrane lytra=lyre