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Products > Atriplex lentiformis 'Naomi'
 
Atriplex lentiformis 'Naomi' - Quail bush
   
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Chenopodiaceae (Goosefoots)
Origin: Southwest (U.S.) (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: NA
Height: 8-10 feet
Width: 10-15 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15 F
Atriplex lentiformis 'Naomi' (Quail bush) - A large dense evergreen shrub to 8 feet tall by half again as wide with attractive silver-gray leaves that are 1 inch wide, deltoid in shape and with toothed margins on the upper half. Notably the leaves of this selection are considerably larger than those typically found on this species. This selection is female flowering so bears its non-showy yellowish brown summer flowers in smaller more compact clusters than a male plant but it really is the foliage that is the attractive feature of this plant. Plant in full to part sun in a well-drained soil and irrigate infrequently to not at all once established. It is hardy to around 10 F. This is a tough shrub that poor, saline, or alkaline soils. Tolerates poor, saline, alkaline soils and coastal conditions and rebounds well from a hard pruning. Quail bush makes a good screening plant or as a large foil for smaller plants in the dry garden, is useful for erosion control on slopes and can be clipped to shape and keep dense or even somewhat formally hedged. It is a host plant for Saltbush Sootywing and Pygmy Blue butterflies and is also edible for humans with the young soft shoots cooked as greens and the leaves adding a salty taste to salads or sandwiches. The species is native to Arizona and California south to northern Mexico where it is often found in salt flats, within desert scrub and in coastal areas. The name for the genus originated in Latin as applied by Pliny the Elder to the edible species called oraches. The specific epithet means shaped like a lens in reference to the fruits. 'Naomi' is a female flowering selection of this species reportedly made from plants growing near Baker California by Thomas Leo Ogren. author of Allergy-Free Gardening: The Revolutionary Guide to Healthy Living. He selected this female plant as it does not produce pollen and so is an allergy-free selection of a plant species that is otherwise known to be problematic to allergy sufferers. It was presumably named for his daughter Naomi. Our thanks goe out to Santa Barbara gardener Trish Odenenthal, who shared cuttings with us of this plant that she purchased at a Santa Barbara Botanic Garden plant sale.  The information presented on this page is based on research we have conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also consider observations of it growing in our nursery crops, as well as in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens we visit. We will incorporate comments that we receive from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they include cultural information that would aid others in growing Atriplex lentiformis 'Naomi'.
 
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