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Krascheninnikovia lanata, Winterfat, is a hardy, shrubby perennial, closely related to the saltbushes, and belongs to the Goosefoot family. It is an erect half-shrub, from 1 to 3 feet tall.
Winterfat has a deep taproot, it is evergreen with alternate, densely-hairy, light green leaves and does best in well-drained sandy or loamy soil with lime content.
Withstands both heat and cold once established. Winterfat is extremely drought tolerant, and also provides shelter and food for wildlife.
USDA Zone(s): 4-11
Exposure: Full Sun
Soil Type: Gravelly, sandy, loam, saline, calcium-rich
Water Usage: Xeric once established
Collection elevation: 3475 feet
Location: San Bernardino County