A evergreen, perennial subshrub growing 8 to 20 inches tall. The leaves are gray to green, narrowly linear and rounded are the tip. It has both males and female flowers; the male is brown and the females are borne on the leafy spikes and blooms June to August. The fruit is utricle with brown seeds. It is very salt and alkaline tolerant growing in poorly developed, clay or sandy soils. Provides quality forage for livestock and wildlife. Native to the state of Wyoming and the southern part of Montana.