Halimodendron is indigenous in the salt deserts of western and northern Asia and comprises only one species, H. halodendron, which thrives in gardens in coastal areas. H. halodendron is a deciduous shrub up to 2 in tall with spreading, thorny, greyish-green branches, pinnate, greyish or bluish-green, sharply pointed leaves, covered with silky hair and composed of oblong leaflets up to 4 cm long, and fragrant, pendent clusters of 2-4 pale lilac or purple flowers, 1 cm long. This shrub is suitable for a sunny spot.

Preferably in alkaline soil, containing salt or lime, or very well-drained, sandy soil. Propagate (fairly difficult) from seed and by grafting.


shrubs (Photo credit: miki)


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