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Desertbroom

Baccharis sarothroides

Details & Attributes


Plant Type(s) Shrub, perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Bees, butterflies, wasps, flies, beetles
Has Spines No
Size
In relative feet, width by height
6 × 4
Freeze Tolerant No
Flowering Season September-December
Flower Color White
Minimum Temperature Range 0-5 °F
Leaf Description Small and narrow, mostly you will see the green stems
Fruit Small seeds with a fluffy crown, conspicuous.
Longevity
In years
20
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Elevation Range 1000-5500 ft.
Ethnobotany Infusions were used for coughs and stomach aches; stems were used to make arrows or tied together in bundles to make brooms.
Description Perhaps no other native species is as much maligned as Desert Broom, which is unfortunate, because among other things this species (especially the male plants) is incredible at attracting a huge variety of pollinators. The plants are either male or female, although the difference is not evident except by close inspection when they are flowering. What's more, this plant is an effective colonizer of disturbed soils, and has been used to revegitate old mine sites. If you'd like to take advantage of the evergreen nature, drought tolerance, and pollinator value of this plant without worrying about it reseeding, male cuttings or sterile cultivars are available in the nursery trade.