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Burrobrush, Burro-bush, Cheese Bush, Single-whorl Burro-brush
Hymenoclea monogyra

Asteraceae (Compositae)

A common shrub from the Trans-Pecos west to Southern California, burrobrush grows in sandy washes and streams at low to mid-elevations. It is thicket-forming and broomlike, easily distinguished from other mid-sized desert shrubs by its dense, upright branching and its thread-like yellowish-green leaves that are 1 to3 inches long. It flowers profusely in September to October with small whitish heads in clusters; male and female flowers often occur in the same cluster. The fruits have a single whorl of papery wing. Drought-deciduous and drought tolerant, burrobush grows in full sun and needs well-drained soil. It would be useful for erosion control in a naturalistic desert landscape. It is usually avoided by livestock, and its pollen is said to cause irritation.

Plant Habit or Use: small shrub
medium shrub

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: white, greenish white

Blooming Period: fall

Fruit Characteristics: whorled winged involucre

Height: 3 to 6 feet

Width: 3 to 6 feet

Plant Character: semievergreen

Heat Tolerance: very high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 8

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