Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
James H. Schutte
In spite of months without rain on the embankments of Los Angeles freeways, this drought-resistant shrub remains green year round. The plant grows as a spreading mound of small, rounded green leaves with serrated edges. It blooms in spring but the flowers are insignificant. They give way to tufted seed pods which mature in fall but many gardeners consider unsightly.
Also known as Dwarf Coyote Bush, this shrub is native to regions of California and Oregon where plants may go for over six months without rainfall. The tenacity and spreading nature of this plant has made it a vital erosion control plant along the Pacific Coast of the U.S.. However, this species may brown and lose leaves in regions of extreme heat.
For best success, Dwarf Coyote Bush needs good drainage. Plant it on slopes with north and east-facing exposures to ensure lush growth and optimal coloring. This plant offers an excellent filler for gardens where drought resistant plants ask for only occasional supplemental water. It's ideal for rural properties in dry regions. It is likely to naturalize and provide lasting erosion control without increasing fuel for fires.
12 - 1
8 - 10
5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
8"-24" / 20.3cm - 61.0cm
4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m
Northwestern United States, California
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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