A woody, native shrub growing 6 to 12 tall. It has two flowers, one is dark in color and glomerules arranged in panicles, the other is borne in axillary clusters, both blooming in April and May. Leaves are a light to grey green in color and its fruits are small. Often found in clay or soils, and moderate to high alkaline soils. It grows on a variably of saline soils. It can be suppressed by perennial grasses or annual weeds. Provides a palatable forage for livestock and wildlife year round. Native to eastern Utah, southwest Colorado, and northern New Mexico.