(Baccharis patagonica)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Baccharis patagonica
Compositae

A very good hedge for exposed maritime conditions[166, 182, 200]. It is exceedingly tolerant of maritime exposure and amenable to clipping, though it is rather slow growing[K]. Plants tend to be as wide or wider than they are tall and produce a very dense weed-excluding cover[K].

Plants have an extensive root system and can be grown on sand or thin coastal soils in order to bind the soil[200].

Resinous secretions on the leaves and wood make this a useful fuel[11]. It is a fairly small plant though and would not be a very productive source.

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – no pre-treatment is required[113]. Surface sow in pots a cold frame in the spring, do not let the compost dry out. Germination usually takes place within 1 – 2 weeks[113]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the cold frame for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame. Very easy[K]. Cuttings of mature wood of the current seasons growth, November in a frame. Easy[K].
Succeeds in almost any soil, from heavy clays to pure sands, if it is growing in a sunny position[11, 200. Tolerates saline conditions[200]. A dense evergreen shrub, it is useful for coastal situations and is exceedingly tolerant of maritime exposure[49, 166, 182]. A rather slow-growing plant, increasing in height by 15 – 25cm a year[K]. Plants are hardy to about -15¡c[200]. Very tolerant of pruning, plants produce an abundance of new shoots if they are cut back to the ground[K]. Flowers are produced on the previous year’s growth[K]. Considered to be very attractive by most visitors to our trial grounds, the foliage and flowers are strongly aromatic, especially on hot sunny days[K]. Dioecious. Male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.
Southern S. America – Argentina, Chile.

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