Local Native; Mojave Desert
Full Sun; Filtered Sun
Desert Baccharis (Baccharis sergiloides), is an upright, many-stemmed shrub with green, angular stems and fairly wide, notched leaves. The leaves are deciduous at flowering, so often the shrubs appears as green stems with dry flowerheads. A member of the sunflower family, but the flowers have no "petals," that is, only disk flowers are present. In spring if it is happy it is covered with bright yellow flowers
Desert Baccharis is a fairly common component of vegetation communities in canyons, washes, along streams, and other moist places in the Lower Sonoran (Creosote-Bursage Flats) and Upper Sonoran (Mojave Desert Scrub) life zones.
Also known as Waterweed, because it is a water-indicating plant commonly found in seasonal streambeds.
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.