Frankenia salina

Alkali Heath

Plant Type: Shrub
Sun: Partial Shade, Sun
Drainage: Adaptable
Water: Moist, Regular
Height X Width: 1' X 3'
Santa Clara County Local: Yes
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This little shrub is common in wet areas in many parts of California as far north as Glenn County. It grows as a rounded, open shrub to only about a foot or so. The leaves are dark and needle-like, similar to rosemary in appearance. The small flowers appear from late spring to early fall and range in color from white to pink. The flowers contrast nicely with the dark green foliage. Over time, alkali heath will spread via rhizomes to form a patch. This is a good plant to try near a natural water source or in a portion of the garden with regular moisture. It might form the foreground of a garden bed to frame more showy, moisture-loving plants. Alkali heath is accepting of a variety of soil types but needs a sunny site.


Deer Resistant: No
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: Yes
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen