Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Desert Willow
Chilopsis linearis

The young pliable twigs are woven into baskets[227, 274]. The bark is removed and the shoots are used unsplit as rod foundations in coil basketry[257].

The bark has been used to make shirts and nets[257].

Wood – coarse-grained, soft, weak, rather durable in the soil. Used for fence posts and fuel[227].

  • Medicinal Use

    A decoction of the flowers is used for coughs and bronchial disturbances[227].

  • Edible Use

    The blossoms and seedpods have been used for food[257].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – we have very little information on this species but would suggest sowing the seed in a greenhouse in the spring. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. It will probably pay to protect the plants for their first winter or two in the open ground. There are about 75,000 seeds per pound, only half of which are viable. About 4,000 plants are usually raised from a pound of seed[227]. Grows readily from cuttings[227].
Requires a very warm sunny position in a very well-drained soil[260]. Plants are likely to be intolerant of wet conditions especially in the winter[K]. This species is not very hardy outdoors in Britain, tolerating temperatures down to about -3¡c[260]. The showy flowers are fragrant[229].
South-western N. America – California to Texas south to Mexico.

Become ungovernable, break the chains of the matrix; grow and forage your own food and medicine.

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