One of the showiest Southwestern native shrubs. Flowers abundantly with white blooms reminiscent of single roses. Silky, pink seed heads persist into fall and look spectacular when backlit by the sun. Easy to grow and tough enough for the most inhospitable places in our garden. Provides nectar and shelter for a variety of wildlife.
Nectar source for native bees and butterflies
Supplies birds with nesting sites and material
Provides shelter for loads of native critters
Strong rooting is perfect for erosion control
Flowers and seed provide multi-season interest
Easy to grow and exceedingly drought tolerant
Found in dry, rocky slopes, open woods and dry washes at 3000 to 8000 ft. It grows throughout all four southwestern deserts; Mojave, Chihuahuan, Great Basin, and Sonoran.
Native Americans used this plant medicinally to treat coughs, indigestion and spring fever. They also made a tonic from the leaves to promote hair growth. Straight branches were used for making arrows and slender branches were used to make brooms.
Cut oldest woody stems to the ground to rejuvenate.