Shy bluebush is very palatable to livestock and the leaves persist in dry times.
Alkaline soils, floodplains, salt lake margins
Shy bluebush is a low, usually very dense and multi-branched shrub that grows to about 60cm. The individual shrubs can grow to about 1m across. The woody basal branches are near horizontal and the younger leaf-carrying branches grow vertically off the old wood. The leaves are 7–12mm long and oval to flattish in cross-section. They are succulent and densely covered with fine whitish hairs. Shy bluebush flowers in winter and fruits mainly in October. The fruit is a domed woody seed case about 5mm across with a woody protrusion in the middle up to 6mm long. The fruit has a somewhat ragged-edged wing that is sparsely woolly, a cream to pink or brown colour and is about 2cm across.