Desert Baccharis

Common Names:
Desert Baccharis
Scientific name:
Baccharis sergiloides
Subspecies | Variants:
Baccharis salicifolia, Baccharis salicina
Elevation range:
250 - 6,000 ft.
Flowering Months:
July, August, September, October
Height | Length:
< 6 ft.
Life Cycle | Lifeform:
Pollinator or food source for:
Ancestral Usage:
food, medicinal, basketry/tools
State Occurrences:
Desert region:
Great Basin, Mojave, Sonoran

Digueno tribes made a tea for colds and stomach maladies. The Papago used stems for hunting and fishing implements, and Pima made brooms from the stems.

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Desert Baccharis in the desert

Dried flowers of Baccharis sergiloides and detail of leaves. Joshua Tree National Park | April 21, 2015 

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Desert Baccharis in the desert

Baccharis sergiloides is a shrub with spatulate leaves and many ascending stems. The plant is dioecious, with male and female flowers on separate plants. Joshua Tree National Park | April 2015