• Growth form is an erect, stout, much branched evergreen shrub, 1 to 8 feet tall.
• Flowers bloom from June to September; fruit is borne August to September.
• Valuable, palatable, and nutritious feed for cattle, antelope, and deer. The fruit is eaten by scaled quail, rock squirrel, gray spotted squirrel, and jack rabbits.
• The Southwest Indians would grind the seed and use as a baking powder in bread making.
• Adapted to a wide range of soil conditions. It is highly tolerant of drought, salinity, and alkalinity. Occurs on sand dunes, in gravelly washes, mesas, ridges, alluvial plains, and slopes.