Broom baccharis

Baccharis sarothroides


The Broom baccharis, also known as desert broom, is a medium to large evergreen shrub with a fine branching habit and billowy foliage character. Mature plants range in size from 10-12 ft. tall with an equal spread. Medium green leaves are long and narrow, and grow on green stems. Flowers grow in inconspicuous clusters in late spring, the seed blossoms have cotton-like texture that blows around in the wind.

Broom baccharis is native throughout the warm and dry habitats of Southern California and southwestern deserts. Throughout its range it show high adaptation to heat, aridity, wind and extended periods of drought. This is a good plant for background screening, naturalizing and wildlife habitat.

Plant Type: Shrub
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Upright, Mounding
Growth Rate: Moderate
Foliage Color: Medium green
Flower Color: Insignificant
Flower Season: Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Silt, Sand, Clay
Exposure Adaptations: Wind, Heat, Drought, Aridity, All day sun
Function: Wildlife value, Restoration, Parks and open space, Background plant, Attracts butterflies
Height: 10 ft. – 12 ft.
Width: 10 ft. – 12 ft.