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Ambrosia dumosa

Ambrosia dumosa (A. Gray) Payne

Burrobush, White Bursage, White Bur Sage

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Franseria dumosa

USDA Symbol: AMDU2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Low, light-colored, woody shrub with many rigid, brittle branches.

White Bur Sage is widespread and common in the Sonoran and Mojave deserts, where it is often called burro bush.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Size Notes: Up to about 2 feet tall, often shorter.
Leaf: Green
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Yellow
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec


USA: AZ , CA , NV , UT
Native Distribution: S. Nevada, extreme SW. Utah, S. California and Sonoran Desert parts of Arizona.
Native Habitat: Alluvial slopes and plains, often a co-dominant with Creosote Bush over large areas, 5002500 (150760 m).

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: High

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR


Bibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski

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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

From the Archive

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Ambrosia dumosa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ambrosia dumosa in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ambrosia dumosa


Record Modified: 2022-11-09
Research By: TWC Staff

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