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Chamaebatiaria millefolium (Torr.) Maxim.
Desert sweet, Fernbush, Tansy bush
USDA Symbol: chmi2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Fernbush is a 4-6 ft. leafy, aromatic shrub producing a profuse amount of small, showy, white, five-petaled flowers. The feathery leaves and fragrant flowers are clustered at the ends of the branches. Aromatic shrub; glandular, hairy. Leaves: 3, finely twice pinnately compound, fern-like. Leaves are downy, fern-like and gray-green. Most of the older leaves drop during winter to reveal smooth, russet bark.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep
AZ , CA , ID , NV , OR , UT Native Distribution:
ID to AZ, w. to Deschutes Co., OR & s.e. CA Native Habitat:
Dry, rocky, mountain slopes USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Nutrient-poor, dry, gravelly slopes.
Conditions Comments: A useful plant for harsh sites.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationDescription: Seeds are very fine and should be sown on soil surface. Hormone treated cuttings will also increase the plant. Clumps may be divided while the plant is dormant.
Seed Collection: Not Available
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:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CANative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff