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Chamaebatiaria millefolium (Torr.) Maxim.
Desert Sweet, Fernbush, Tansy Bush
Rosaceae (Rose Family)
USDA Symbol: CHMI2
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Size Notes: Up to about 6 feet tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: 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
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.
Commercially Avail: yes
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording 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
Web ReferenceWebref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Chamaebatiaria millefolium in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Chamaebatiaria millefolium in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Chamaebatiaria millefolium
MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-10-17
Research By: TWC Staff