Winterfat (Ceratoides lanata)

winterfat (18978 bytes)    A small, mounded shrub with curved branches, Winterfat (white sage) is native to the western United States. It prefers full sun and requires little to no supplemental water; a good xeriscape plant. Tolerant of alkaline soil and salt. It is drought resistant and intolerant of flooding, excess water, or acidic soils.Winterfat grows to about three feet tall and two feet wide. It is evergreen.

winterfat foliage (7986 bytes)  

Foliage is grey-green and hairy, giving the plant a silvery white appearance. This is most noticeable when the sun is shining on it. The leaves are narrow and lance shaped, similar to pine needles. They remain on the plant during winter and are shed when new leaves grow in the spring or when the plant is water-stressed.


winterfat seedheads (7799 bytes) Seedheads are attractive and wooly in appearance, persistant.


Photos: Judy Sedbrook

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