Dwarf Chaparral Broom (Baccharis pilularis)

Shrub
B. consanguinea.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Dwarf Chaparral Broom
Baccharis pilularis
Compositae

An effective ground-cover plant for sunny banks[200].

The plant has an extensive root system and is very useful for stabilizing sand dunes etc[200].

  • Medicinal Use

    An infusion of the plant has been used as a general remedy or panacea[257].

  • 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]. Very tolerant of poor dry soils[200]. Tolerates maritime exposure[200]. This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it requires an almost frost-free climate and tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10¡c[200]. Plants respond well to trimming[200]. Dioecious. Male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.
South-western N. America – California.

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