What is Spiny Hop-Sage
Below is a transcription of the above sign found at the Valley of Fire Visitor Center.
Spiny Hop-Sage – Grayia spinosa
Creosote Bush Scrub, Arroyo Woodland, and Blackbrush Scrub
Washes, mesa, flats
2500 to 7500 ft (833 to 2500 m)
TYPE OF SOIL
SOURCE OF WATER
Wood stem, spiny branches.
Small leaves and flowers.
Plant appears dead much of the year.
Buds, twigs, and especially the flat, winged fruit is favorite browse of desert bighorn sheep and range cattle