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Fern Bush

Chamaebatiaria millefolium

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Shrub
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Bees, butterflies, hummingbirds
Has Spines No
In relative feet, width by height
4-6' × 4-6'
Flowering Season July-November
Flower Color White
Minimum Temperature Range -30 °F
Leaf Description Similar to the foliage of yarrow, finely divided and feathery, leaves running all the way up the branches.
Fruit Bronze-reddish brown 5 chambered capsules
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Elevation Range 4500-8000 ft.
Description This is a high elevation shrub found in northern and northwestern Arizona in woodlands of juniper (Juniperus spp.), oak (Quercus spp.), and pine (Pinus spp.). An absolutely stellar choice for cooler landscapes where the fern like leaves add a unique foliage texture, and the mass of white flowers light up late summer/early fall landscapes. The bronzey seed heads add visual interest to winter landscapes, and birds are attracted to the seeds as a food source. Place this plant in well draining soil, and in a prominent location where its showy blooms and pollinator value can be best appreciated. Combine this with other high elevation shrubs such as Apache plume (Fallugia paradoxa), Utah serviceberry (Amelanchier utahensis), and hop tree (Ptelea trifoliata). This species is most appropriate for high elevation gardeners but could be cultivated in warmer gardens if partial shade and additional moisture are provided.