Baccharis pilularis

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Botanical Name: Baccharis pilularis
Common Name: Coyote Brush, Chaparral Broom

Crisp green look all year. Provides seed and nesting habitat for birds. Large shrub, excellent for erosion control. Cut back annually to promote new growth. Very important shrub for wildlife!

Plant Family: Asteraceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 6' H x 10' W
Growth Habit: Dense and spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Fall
Flower Color: White
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: North Western CA, Sierra Nevada Foothills, w. Central Western CA, South Coast, Channel Islands, w. Transverse & Peninsular Range, to OR & no. Mex.
Natural Habitat: Coastal bluffs to oak woodland, below 2250'

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Forms many stems growing flat on the ground, leaves small, bright green. A good ground cover plant. Gallon cans, 40c."
Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, California: Cachuma Press. 2005.
  • Harlow, Nora and Kristin Jakob. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: Gardening with California Monocots. Berkely and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.