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Glendale Public Library
Xeriscape Demonstration Garden Information Sheet


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Acacia angustissima-Fern Acacia

This acacia differs from many in its subshrub to herbaceous character arising from a woody base.  The stems are thin and usually unbranched.  The compound leaves have very small leaflets.  It is native from Missouri to Texas in the prairie hillsides and on rock outcroppings.   

It can provide good food for quail and other birds. It is also the larval food plant for Mexican Sulfur Butterflies.  It will grow 1-3' tall and is winter dormant.  It does need full or partial sun and a well drained soil.  In summer, it has 1/2" white flower gloves.  There are no thorns.

It would be useful as a drought tolerant groundcover.


  Webmaster & Author George Hull Last Updated August 10, 2003