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Chuckwalla's Delight, Sweetbush

Bebbia juncea

Details & Attributes


Plant Type(s) Perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun
Pollinators Bees, butterflies
Has Spines No
Size
In relative feet, width by height
2-3' × 2-4'
Freeze Tolerant No
Flowering Season April-October
Flower Color Yellow
Minimum Temperature Range 15-20 °F
Leaf Description Opposite, toothed, and covered in small rough hairs
Fruit Hairy achenes (dry single seeded fruit)
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Description Found in well draining soils in hot deserts throughout much of southern, western, and northwestern Arizona, sweetbush grows into a rounded clump of thin green branches with few to no leaves, and rounded heads of yellow daisy-like flowers. Because of the high pollinator attracting value of this plant it will make a nice addition to a xeric pollinator garden. Planting alongside other species will also help to counteract the somewhat sparse nature of sweetbush. Good companions might include globe mallow (Sphaeralcea spp.), desert honeysuckle (Anisacanthus thurberi), and Goodding's verbena (Glandularia gooddingii).