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Creosote Bush

Larrea tridentata

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1 gallon; 5 gallon

Plant Care

Native region:

Local Native

Water needs:

Very Low


Mature size:

Growth rate:

Full Sun; Reflected Heat



Flower color:

Flower season:




None needed but may prune to shape




Nectar pollinators:


Nighttime pollinators:


Rabbit resistant:


Creosote IS the scent of rain in the desert! Found virtually throughout all the flatlands of the arid West up to 5000 feet, this tough evergreen shrub should be a favorite in all native gardens. In its native habitat, it has an open form with sparse foliage on woody stems. Irrigated plants will be much lusher and grow faster. It is a durable plant that can provide a solid foundation for native landscapes. Yellow flowers may be produced throughout the year, but occur primarily in the spring. The flowers are followed by small fuzzy seedpods. For best results plant in full sun and in well-drained soils.

Growing Plants in the Desert — Important Information

The information presented here is, to the best of my knowledge, accurate and based on my research from reliable sources, observations I have made of plants growing in my, and other gardens I have visited, and observations of the plants in their native habitats. I would appreciate your feedback and experience to help me educate others! 


Cacti: In my experience, cacti are much happier in the filtered shade here in the low desert of the Coachella Valley. Colors are more vibrant and they bloom more profusely, especially the non-native varieties. If you pay attention to how our native barrel and beavertail opuntia grow in the wild, it is frequently tucked in the rocks under creosote or another shrub.


Light Requirements: I have found that in our desert (Sonoran/Colorado) “full sun” plants can take and appreciate the late afternoon filtered sun, especially in the hot summer months.

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