The turpentine bush produces stunning autumn flowering with dark green foliage, and is a great plant for attracting pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and other insects. It also provides cover and nesting sites for birds and small mammals. Additionally, the plant is an important source of food for wildlife, as the seeds and foliage are consumed by a variety of animals. Overall, the turpentine bush is a valuable addition to any low desert pollinator garden.
Flowers: J F M A M J J A S O N D
Origin: Southwest United States and Northern Mexico
Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Size: 3-6′ tall and wide
Growth Rate: Moderate – Fast
Temperature: Hardy to -10 F
Disease and Pests:
Uses: Larval host for the Hooded Brown Owlet moth, Nectar plant for butterflies, moths, bees and other insects. A favorite nectar source the Great Purple Hairstreak.
Notes: Gets its name from the resinous smell of the foliage
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