A evergreen, native shrub growing 10 to 18 tall. The trunk bark is a dark reddish-brown to black and the twigs are short, rigid, light to dark reddish-brown, and becoming black with age. Flowers are oblong, and brownish to tan, blooming August to September. Seeds are flat and brown in color. The aromatic shrub preferring well drained clayey to gravelly soils that are dry and shallow. It is good forage for livestock in the winter season. Found in the foothills and desert mountain ranges of Utah and Nevada.