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Krascheninnikovia lanata (Pursh) A.D.J. Meeuse & Smit
Synonyms: Eurotia lanata, Ceratoides lanata
USDA Symbol: krla2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Winterfat is a 1-3 ft., low, spreading shrub with gray-brown, exfoliating bark and fuzzy, pale blue, deciduous foliage. Flowers, on female plants only, are a brilliant silvery-white and occur in dense, axillary spikes.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf Complexity: Simple Leaf:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
AZ , CA , CO , ID , KS , MT , ND , NE , NM , NV , OK , OR , SD , TX , UT , WA , WY Canada: SK Native Distribution:
E. WA, e. of the Cascades & Sierras, to s. CA, e. to w. ND, w. KS & TX Native Habitat:
Rolling plains; rocky mesas; scrubby flats USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Clay, chalky or saline soils.
Conditions Comments: Winterfat will bloom and produce fruits the first year from seed. Must have a male plant nearby for females to produce flowers. To keep it bushy, prune it back in early spring. This drought tolerant plant is suitable for revegation purposes in alkaline areas.
PropagationDescription: Propagate with seed or softwood cuttings. Seed treatment in not required.
Seed Collection: There is a high loss of viability if seeds are stored 2-3 years.
Seed Treatment: Stratification will enhance germination.
Commercially Avail: yes
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Record Modified: 2009-06-11
Research By: TWC Staff