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A flowering shrub native to the desert southwest of the United States and northern Mexico, as well as parts of South America. Its usual common name is mule fat;it is also called seepwillow or water-wally. This is a large bush with sticky foliage which bears plentiful small, fuzzy, pink or red-tinged white flowers. The long pointed rich green leaves may be toothed and look similar to willows. It is most common near water sources.
Mulefat is an extremely tough and easy to grow plant, flowers year round, and is a great choice if you are hoping to attract pollinators.  Butterflies use the blossoms as a nectar source and bees collect pollen from the flowers. The downside is that it requires a fair amount of water to look good year round. Place in a naturally moist area, or be prepared to regularly irrigate during the dry season. It is quite drought tolerant once established, but will look weedy and unattractive without some supplemental irrigation. If it does get weedy, cut down to 3-4 inches above the base and it will resprout with all fresh green foliage. Mulefat is a thicket forming shrub. It is useful as a screen, windbreak or slope stabilization.

Mule Fat (Baccharis salicifolia)

SKU: MuleFat