Re: Reliable Botanical Resource
What you are referring too may be a member of the Genus Salsola. Salsola is in the Chenopodium family which also includes spinach, chard, beets, lambs quarters and orach just to name a few. Salsola’s are often halophytic, they live in a more saline or salty environment. Several have the common name Saltwort.
I have heard they are fairly easy in good garden soil and do not require salinity. It seems as though a few of the seed catalogs carried them recently.
Hope this helps your further research.