Sarcobatus vermiculatus - (Hook.)Torr.
Common Name Greasewood
Family Chenopodiaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Alkaline or saline soils in semiarid or arid plains, alkali flats, slopes, desert-shrub communities, sagebrush, saltflats, roadsides, fencerows, dry washes at elevations of 600 - 2400 metres[270].
Range South-western N. America - Nebraska and Wyoming to Nevada and New Mexico.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating  
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

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Sarcobatus vermiculatus Greasewood
Sarcobatus vermiculatus Greasewood
USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 2
Physical Characteristics
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Sarcobatus vermiculatus is a deciduous Shrub growing to 2.7 m (8ft 10in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5. It is in flower in July, and the seeds ripen in September. The flowers are dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required) and are pollinated by Wind.The plant is not self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline and saline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

S. maximilianii.

 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Leaves;  Seed.
Edible Uses:

Young shoots - cooked[105, 161]. Used as greens[257]. The young twigs are cut into short pieces and boiled until tender[183]. The seeds are occasionally consumed[61, 105, 161, 183]. They are used as a food at times when other foods are in short supply[257]. The seeds are about 2mm in diameter[270].
Medicinal Uses

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Astringent;  Odontalgic;  Stings.

The crushed leaves have been used to treat insect bites[257]. An infusion of the burnt plant has been used in the treatment of diarrhoea and bleeding from the rectum[257]. The wood or the roots can be heated until they are burnt or blackened and then used on aching and decayed teeth[257].


Other Uses
Fuel;  Wood.

The wood is used for fuel, for want of better materials in the areas where it grows wild[235]. The wood is strong[257]. It has been used in general construction[257].
Cultivation details
An easily grown plant[200], succeeding in a sunny position in most well-drained soils[11, 200]. Tolerates alkaline and saline soils[11]. Plants can be dioecious or monoecious. Male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.
Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in early spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Cuttings of half-ripe wood are worth trying in July/August.
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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