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Plant Description

Origin: Native
General Description: Evergreen. A broadly rounded shrub with profuse, small golden-yellow flower heads and dense greenery. The foliage smells like turpentine when crushed.
Identification notes: Woody, evergreen erect and leafy shrub with a tidy, compact mounding habit. Needle-like leaves are resinous. Small daisy-like yellow flowers cover the foliage in fall.
Height: 1 to 3 feet     Width: 1 to 3 feet


Habitat Description: Desert scrub, mesa slopes, rocky mountainous areas and canyons.
Plant Communities: Desert Scrub, Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland
Elevation: 3000 - 6000 feet


Color: Yellow   Shape: Daisy or dandelion-like in round clusters    Tubular: N   Flowering Period: Mar - Jun
Description: The golden-yellow disc and ray flowers are 3/8 inch wide and have up to 11 ray flowers and up to 13 disc flowers. They appear in a dense cluster at the end of the leafy branches.


Leaf Color: Dark green   Type: Simple   Shape: Narrow   Margin: Smooth   Attachment: Alternate   Hairs: N
Description: Dense, dark green, very narrow, 3/4 inch long, sessile and very resinous.


Color: Light brown   Type: Achene   Description: Achenes are shaped like a top or narrowly lance-shaped, tan to brown and covered with white appressed hairs and topped with light brown bristles.


Bark Color: Reddish-brown to grayish-brown   Bark Texture (Mature): Rough   Bark and Branch Description: Bark develops dark gray ridges and lighter colored furrows. Stems are gland dotted.
Spines, thorns or prickles: N

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