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Desert Broom

Baccharis sarothroides

In stock

1 gallon

Plant Care

Native region:

Local Native

Water needs:

Very Low


Mature size:

Growth rate:

Full Sun



Flower color:

Flower season:



Spring - Summer

Tall leggy plants may be cut back to near ground level to stimulate regrowth from base resulting in a full bushy plant.




Nectar pollinators:


Nighttime pollinators:


Rabbit resistant:


Fast growing bright green rounded evergreen shrub native to our local desert. Can survive on rainfall alone but can die out after extended periods of drought. Beware, too much water can cause excessive "leggy" growth. Supplemental water once or twice a season s sufficient.
Use as a space definer, backdrop, hedge or screen.
Provides cover for wildlife.

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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