Mule Fat

Common Names:
Mule Fat
Scientific name:
Baccharis salicifolia
Subspecies | Variants:
Baccharis sergiloides, Baccharis salicina
Elevation range:
<5,500 ft.
Flowering Months:
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Height | Length:
6 - 12 ft.
Life Cycle | Lifeform:
Shrub
Notes:
Attracts native bees, Attracts butterflies
Ancestral Usage:
medicinal
State Occurrences:
Desert region:
Chihuahuan, Great Basin, Mojave, Sonoran

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Mule Fat in the desert

Close up view of Baccharis salicifolia leaves and buds. Barker Dam, Joshua Tree National Park | February 2014

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Mule Fat in the desert

Baccharis salicifolia is a shrub that has a erect, woody stems and grows to a height of 12 ft. Leaves are oblanceolate, toothed and sticky. It has pink-tinged white flowers in clusters. It is a water-indicating plant.  Barker Dam, Joshua Tree National Park | February 2014