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Baccharis sarothroides

Desert Broom
Asteraceae (Compositae)
Evergreen, Shrubs

BACCHARIS

Main value of these evergreen shrubs is their toughness and ability 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. It is advised to grow male varieties if they’re available (or hoe out seedlings if they appear where you don’t want them).

Baccharis sarothroides

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

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