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Plant Description

Origin: Native
General Description: Evergreen. A willow-like, thicket-forming shrub, with rich green, semi-deciduous foliage. Leaves have a distinctive odor. Controls river erosion by forming dense stands along waterways.
Identification notes: Leaves lanceolate, linear-oblanceolate, or oblong, margins finely serrate, less than 1/4 inch wide, terminal cluster of flowers with a flat or convex top.
Height: 3 to 10 feet     Width: Unavailable


Habitat Description: Along washes, streams and seepage channels.
Plant Communities: Riparian
Elevation: 2000 - 5500 feet


Color: Creamy white, whitish-yellow   Shape: Daisy or dandelion-like in round clusters     Tubular: N   Flowering Period: Mar - Dec
Description: White, pink or red tinged, rayless flowers appear in clusters at ends of branches; male and female flowers on separate plants.


Leaf Color: Dark green   Type: Simple   Shape: Narrow   Margin: Toothed   Attachment: Alternate   Hairs: N
Description: Leaves are up to 6 inches long and 1/2 inch wide and are shiny, waxy and sticky.


Color: White   Type: Achene   Description: Seeds are fluffy with a feathery, white pappus (modified calyx of the disk flowers) that stays attached to the seed.


Bark Color: Green to light brown, grayish-brown   Bark Texture (Mature): Smooth   Bark and Branch Description: Stems are very pithy, light brown to golden brown, sticky green when young. Bark is grayish brown, shallowly ridged with reddish furrows.
Spines, thorns or prickles: N

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