General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8b -9.4 °C (15 °F) to -6.7 °C (20 °F)
Plant Height: 4 feet to 8 feet
Plant Spread: 3 feet to 4 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Other: Cream to tan
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Late fall or early winter
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: Self sows freely, deadhead to prevent volunteer seedlings.
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

Common names
  • Desert Broom
  • Broom Baccharis
  • Rosinbush
  • Escoba Amarga
  • Cascol Caaco

  • Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Sep 24, 2020 8:40 PM concerning plant:
    Shrub from the SW US and NW Mexico with broom-like branches and tiny compound flowers. Dioecious (separate male and female plants are required to produce seed). Extremely drought tolerant, preferring rocky or sandy soil, often one of the first plants to colonize disturbed areas. Flowers attract all sorts of winged pollinators. A bit weedy and not generally used as a garden plant, but it can be somewhat controlled through pruning. Does not tolerate wet feet. To quote Wikipedia: "Most people try to get rid of this plant". Keep a male plant if your goal is to avoid it reproducing.

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