Broom Snakeweed

Gutierrezia sarothrae

Sticky Snakeweed (G. mirocephala) is also a keystone species.

Flowers: J F M A M J J A S O N D
Status: Native
Origin: Plains and slopes from 3,000 – 7,000 ft in western U.S.
Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower Family)
Size: up to 3′
Sun: Full
Watering: Low
Growth Rate: Moderate
Soil: Tolerant
Disease and Pests:
Uses: Host for 15 butterfly species and nectar source for 46 bee species.
Notes: Keystone species. Stems die back during dormancy giving the plant a broom-like appearance. Can be toxic to livestock.

Photo by astrobirder


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