Grayia spinosa, spiny hopsage, is a common Western woody shrub. It is perennial. It has diffuse branches and varies between 1 and 5 feet in height. It can be long-lived, and flowers from April to July. In the southern deserts it is evergreen, but it loses its leaves in the summer in the northern deserts (Wikipedia only says it is evergreen "in some regions"). It grows between 2,000 and 5,500 feet and is highly tolerant of drought and fairly tolerant of grazing and fire.
Native Americans ground "parched" seeds for pinole flower. It is distributed throughout the the Western United States included all of the basin and range region. It is also known as applebush.
Most of the information on this page taken from the Utah State University Extension "Spiny hopsage" webpage.
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