A evergreen, perennial shrub growing 3 to 6 feet. Leaves are covered with small scales on both sides. The female and male flowers grow on separate shrubs and are both a green tan color blooming from May to August. The seed are pale brown. Grows well in arid or saline areas, sandy loam, loam and clay loam soils. Used for erosion control plant, rangelands, and road cuts. Provides high quality and nutritious forage during the cool seasons for livestock and wildlife. Found in eastern New Mexico and southwest California from sea level to 4,000 feet.