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 adviced 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 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.
Native toUtah, Arizona, Nevada, California,and Mexico. Grows to 3–4 ft.tall, 2–3 ft. wide, with manyst...
Annual. California native.To 3 ft. high, 2 1/2 ft. wide; lushand leafy, with 6-in. spikes ofblue flowe...
Native to Arizona,western Texas, New Mexico,and northern Mexico. Denselytufted plant, similar to M...