Plant FinderPlant Finder Graphic
Zones 7-24
Full Sun
Regular WaterMinimal Water
Moderate, Minimal

Baccharis sarothroides

Desert Broom
Asteraceae (Compositae)
Evergreen, Shrubs


These plants are tough and able to grow in difficult conditions: they withstand heat, wind, and poor soil. Most are densely foliaged. Male and female flowers, borne on separate plants, are inconspicuous. Female plants produce cottony seed clusters that can make a mess when blown about by wind; grow male varieties if they’re available (or hoe out unwanted seedlings if they appear).

Baccharis sarothroides

Most useful in desert zones 10–13. Native to the Southwest.Nearly leafless, but the branches are bright green throughout the year. Grows to 5 ft. tall and wide; can be clipped to 2–3 ft. Extremely drought-tolerant. Can take good or poor drainage. Useful for erosion control, replanting disturbed land, or natural landscape in desert regions.

You Might Also Like...

Simmondsia chinensis

Native to the Sonoran Desert of the United States and Mexico. Dense plant with rigid branches; typical...

Acanthus mollis

This is the most commonly grown species. In bloom it reaches 4–5 ft. high. The spineless leaves ...

Isolepis cernua

A 6–10-in. bundle of tiny green fiber optic cables would make an uncanny likeness of this sedge....

Find Your Sunset Climate Zone

Find Your Sunset Climate Zone

View Maps Learn More