A low-rounded shrub.
Slow to rapid depending on water.
1-6' tall and 1-8' wide.
White to pale pink, tiny, in fluffy dense clusters, at branch tips.
The flowers turn brown and dry as they age, remaining on the plant.
Spring, and sporadically through summer into early fall.
A small, hard capsule containing one seed.
Gray-green, small, narrow, leathery, densely covered in fine hairs underneath, clustered along
Herbaceous, rapidly becoming woody.
Fibrous, 5-8' deep and up to three times the width of the plant above ground.
The flowers attract bees and butterflies.
Toxic / Danger:
California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Mexico.
Cultivation and Uses
USDA hardiness zones:
Locate in full sun in dry, well-draining soil. This is an important bee plant.
Very well drained, dry, low in organic content. This plant tolerates alkaline soil.
Water after becoming established:
Once a month. More water results in better appearance. Consistently wet soil causes root rot.
Lightly cut back on top every few years. Pruning is generally unnecessary.
Seed and cuttings.
Ornamental, erosion control, xeric garden, bee garden.
This plant is a member of the Buckwheat family (Polygonaceae).
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