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Broom Baccharis
Baccharis sarothroides
  
About Broom Baccharis (Baccharis sarothroides) 7 Nurseries Carry This Plant Baccharis sarothroides is a species of flowering shrub known by the common names broom baccharis and desert broom. It grows up to 12 feet tall and up to 6 feet wide. The leaves are small and thick, and tends to stay bright green through the year in the foothills and areas with around 15" of rainfall per year. The plant goes summer deciduous and loses its leaves in the drier desert regions. It flowers abundantly in the summer, often completely covered with white or cream covered puffy flowers. This plant is native to northern Mexico and the southwestern United States, growing in coastal sage scrub and inland scrub plant communities, usually in dry canyons and plains below 1000 feet. In California it is limited to the southern part of the state. It is a useful plant for a screen, slope stabilization or filling in large empty areas. The voluminous seeds may be considered a nuisance.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Shrub

Size
Size
3 - 12 ft tall
6 ft wide

Form
Form
Upright, Rounded

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Fast, Moderate

Dormancy
Dormancy
Evergreen

Fragrance
Fragrance
None

Flower Color
Flower Color
Yellow, Cream, White

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Winter

Wildlife Supported
 
Baccharis species generally are very attractive to insects. Small birds such as goldfinch will eat the seeds.

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun

Moisture
Moisture
Very Low, Low

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 2x / month once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Very Easy

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to 25° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast, Medium

Soil Description
Soil Description
Tolerates a variety of soils. Tolerates Sodic Soil. Soil PH: 6.0 - 8.0

Common uses
Common uses
Bank Stabilization, Hedges, Butterfly Gardens, Bird Gardens, Bee Gardens

Maintenance
Maintenance
Prune in fall to shape and improve appearance

Propagation
Propagation?
For propagating by seed: No treatment.

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Gravelly and sandy washes, flats

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 2.6" - 23.3", Summer Precipitation: 0.18" - 2.42", Coldest Month: 40.4" - 59.8", Hottest Month: 69.4" - 89.4", Humidity: 1.22" - 40.70", Elevation: -203" - 5244"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Desert Broom, Desertbroom


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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