A evergreen shrub growing to 3 feet tall. Leaves are silvery gray-green and scruffy, crushed leaves may have a fishy smell. The inconspicuous green color flower blooms in the spring. Its fruit turns from green to pink to light brown when ripening in the fall; clustered at the branch tips, with two round papery wings enclosing the seed. Prefers alkaline soils of valleys and slopes. Native across most of the Western United States and northern Mexico.