Krascheninnikovia lanata is a species of flowering plant in the amaranth family known by the common name Winterfat or WinterSage. It is a low-growing, long-lived half-shrub, native to western North America: from central Western Canada; through the Western United States; to Northern Mexico.
Winterfat is a good erosion control plant when planted in a mixture to provide greater plant density, with a deep taproot and an extensive fibrous root system near the soil surface, which helps stabilize soils. It germinates readily and provides fairly rapid growth under favorable growing conditions. It is a cool season plant, typically with a central woody stem arising from a woody crown, growing from 8 to 48 in. tall with inconspicuous flowers, but fluffy white seed heads for interest.
A superior winter browse for livestock and wildlife and found from near sea level to 10,000 feet elevation in salt desert shrub, pinyon juniper, sagebrush grass and near the edges of some forested plant communities in the Intermountain West and most common in areas with 7 to 16 inches of annual precipitation. Winterfat grows well on a wide range of soil textures, although it prefers more basic or limy soils.
Seed on the soil surface to no deeper than ¼ inch. Rate is 7.5-10 pls pounds per acre or 1 pls pound per acre if included in a mix.
Height: 8-48 inches
Type: Perennial Shrub
Rate: 7.5-10 pls pounds per acre or 1 pls pound per acre if included in a mix.