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Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn
Baccharis salicifolia (Ruiz & Pavón) Pers.
Mule's fat, Seep willow
Synonyms: Baccharis glutinosa
USDA Symbol: BASA4
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A willow-like, thicket-forming shrub, 3-10 ft. tall, with rich-green, semi-deciduous foliage. Whitish-yellow flowers occur in numerous, terminal, flat-topped clusters.
Despite its common name, this shrubby plant is not a willow, but rather a member of the aster family. The Latin name salicifolia means willow-leaved.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
AZ , CA , CO , NM , NV , TX , UT Native Distribution:
C. & s. CA to s. CO, TX & Mex. Native Habitat:
Valley & foothill waterways to 2000 ft. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Moist soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
BenefitUse Ornamental: Nice informal hedge.
Use Wildlife: Good habitat plant.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationDescription: Increase by sowing seed or taking cuttings in summer. Germinating seeds under mist or a plastic tent is recommended in some sources. Others suggest sowing seeds in sandy seed beds in fall or early spring.
Seed Collection: Collect ripe fruits by hand. Fruits can be rubbed to remove the pappus. Seeds are tiny. Keep seeds moist.
Seed Treatment: No pretreatment is necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff