Atriplex canescens
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Atriplex canescens


  family chenopodiaceae 
  genus atriplex 

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Genus  Atriplex Species  canescens Variety  Cultivar  Common names  wingscale   shadescale   chamizo   diwozhiibaih Family  CHENOPODIACEAE Specimen number  S14012 Data source  Allergy p287;DyeFib p53
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Woody perennial Life span  5 - 20 years Annual cycle  Depends on climate Stature  Shrub Growth form  Various Growth habit    Overall height  3' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  The aerial parts of Atriplex canescens have been used in traditional fabric dyeing. Yellow and yellow are common colors produced with Chamizo (also known as wingscale and shadescale). Atriplex canescens is known as diwozhiibaih in Navajo.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen  Strong Hay fever season  Jun 01 - Aug 31 Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  Anyone who suffers from pollinosis will want to steer clear of this heavy pollen producer. Hay fever season usually extends from June to August.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Aerial parts Dye color  yellow,mustard
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Atriplex canescens is a wildflower that occurs throughout Western US. Chamizo (in some places called wingscale and shadescale) probably originates from Arizona and New Mexico.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Atriplex canescens is a woody perennial.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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