Greasewood (Sarcobatus vermiculatus)

S. maximilianii.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Sarcobatus vermiculatus

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].

  • Medicinal Use

    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].

  • Edible Use

    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].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

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.
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.
South-western N. America – Nebraska and Wyoming to Nevada and New Mexico.

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