A long-lived, perennial semi-evergreen shrub was introduced growing to an average of 3 feet tall. It is simple branched with gray-green to green stems. It has developed a non spreading, fibrous root system with large deep tap root. It is drought tolerant but competes for moisture when limited. Palatable to livestock and wildlife, and used for erosion control and landscaping. It is fire-resistant forage with the capacity to choke out invasive exotic weeds. Established from Montana to New Mexico and west to Nevada and Oregon.