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Xeriscape Demonstration Garden Information Sheet

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Larrea tridentata-Creosote

 The aromatic foliage of this southwest native evokes the scent of rain in the desert!  Found virtually throughout the arid regions of the west, this plant is always a favorite in native gardens as it is a durable plant that can provide a solid foundation to the landscape.  Creosote tends to have an open appearance with sparse foliage on twisted stems arising from a central base to 6' high and 8' wide.  Some plants will become larger if provided with more than ample water, so remember size can be controlled somewhat by the amount of water delivered.  Yellow flowers are produced throughout the year, but the heaviest in the spring.  The flowers are followed by small fuzzy seedpods.  Plant in full sun and in well-drained soil for best results.  Creosote bush is hardy to 5F.  USDA Zone 7.  

Webmaster & Author George Hull Last Updated August 13, 2003