Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately alkaline (7.9 – 8.4)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6b -20.6 °C (-5 °F) to -17.8 °C (0 °F)
Plant Height: 12-13 feet
Plant Spread: 10 feet or more
Leaves: Evergreen
Fragrant
Fruit: Showy
Fruiting Time: Summer
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
1"-2"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Provides winter interest
Erosion control
Guardian plant
Medicinal Herb
Dynamic Accumulator: Cu (Copper)
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Squirrels
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

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Location: Phoenix Date: 2017-03-14
By Anderwood
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Location: Elephant Butte, NMDate: October 27, 2013fairly young plant growing in the vacant lot next to my home.
By angele
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Location: Elephant Butte, NMDate: November 03, 2013a common native shrub near my home; blooming in November
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Location: Elephant Butte, NMDate: October 27, 2013close up of a main stem
By angele
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Photo courtesy of: davidbygott
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Photo courtesy of: davidbygott
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Location: Joshua Tree National Park, CaliforniaDate: 2015-03-21
By Kelli
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Location: Joshua Tree National Park, CaliforniaDate: 2015-03-21
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Where do you get pumice? by cahdg6891 Mar 30, 2018 11:36 PM 15
Yellow desert shrub. by Anderwood Mar 15, 2017 12:56 PM 7
What is this? by plantmanager Nov 3, 2016 1:39 AM 7
New data field: Dynamic Accumulators by dave Jul 28, 2014 9:00 PM 3

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