Halogeton is a many stemmed annual ranging from a few inches up to 2 m in height. The plants appear blue-green early in the growing season becoming red to yellow in the fall. The leaves are small, fleshy, tubular in shape and tipped with a needle-like spine. Cottony hairs occur at the base of the leaf. The inconspicuous green flowers are borne in the axils of the leaves. Two types of seeds are produced: black winged seeds have no dormancy and are viable for approximately 1 year; brown wingless seeds have a dormancy period and can survive buried for up to 10 years.
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