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Shrubby Poreleaf, Hierba del Venado, Jarilla, Pomerillo
Porophyllum scoparium

Asteraceae (Compositae)

Shrubby poreleaf is frequent in desert arroyos and on limestone banks in the Trans-Pecos from El Paso and Culberson, through Brewster and Val Verde, into New Mexico and Mexico, forming pure stands year round. It is a western shrubby-based perennial with many erect, broom-like stems and a few linear, firm and thick, thread-like leaves. It somewhat resembles Ephedra. The stems start out green and turn brown with age. This member of the Asteraceae family has only disc-shaped flowers, lacking ray flowers. Shrubby poreleaf is said to be an unpleasant smelling plant. In Mexico it is used as a remedy for rheumatism, fever and intestinal problems.

Plant Habit or Use: small shrub

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: yellow

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: achenes

Height: 8 to 24 inches

Width: 12 to 24 inches

Plant Character: evergreen

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: alkaline

USDA Hardiness Zone: 8

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