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Baccharis sarothroides (Desert Broom)

Desert Broom

Baccharis sarothroides, Desert Broom, Broom Baccharis
Baccharis sarothroides, Desert Broom, Broom Baccharis
Baccharis sarothroides, Desert Broom, Broom Baccharis

Native to northern Mexico and the southwestern United States, Baccharis sarothroides (Desert Broom) is an evergreen flowering shrub of upright and rounded habit with nearly leafless, brilliant green erect branches throughout the year. The green leaves are small, thick, and linear to lanceolate. Desert Broom goes summer deciduous and loses its foliage in the drier desert regions. It is dioecious with male and female flowers on separate plants. From late summer to fall, a profusion of white or cream puffy flowers often completely covers the plant. Very showy, the female flowers produce copious amounts of seed that sprout vigorously. To avoid littering issues, you may want to choose a male plant. Heat-loving, cold hardy, and very drought tolerant, Desert Broom thrives in desert soils and is a useful plant for a screen, windbreak, or slope stabilization.

  • Grows up to 4-12 ft. tall (120-360 cm) and 4-6 ft. wide (120-180 cm).
  • Thrives in sandy or rocky soils in full sun. It will want little irrigation in the summer Once established. Drought tolerant.
  • Excellent for banks and slopes (erosion control), as a privacy hedge, or windbreak.
  • Generally pest and disease free.
  • Prune in fall to shape and improve appearance.
  • Propagate by seed.
  • Native to northern Mexico and the southwestern United States.

Requirements

Hardiness 7 - 10
Climate Zones 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Compositae
Common names Baccharis, Desert Broom
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 4' - 12'
(120cm - 3.7m)
Spread 4' - 6'
(120cm - 180cm)
Spacing 72" (180cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Southwest, California, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden
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Encelia californica (California Brittlebush)
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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 7 - 10
Climate Zones 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Compositae
Common names Baccharis, Desert Broom
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 4' - 12'
(120cm - 3.7m)
Spread 4' - 6'
(120cm - 180cm)
Spacing 72" (180cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Southwest, California, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden
How Many Plants
Do I Need?

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