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Common Name: Broomweed
Gutierrezia sarothrae is a deciduous shrub that can grow up to 1.00 metres tall.
It has uses.
Western N. America - Manitoba to Montana, south to Texas and California.
Dry soils of open areas, plains, valleys and foothills[
]. Open or disturbed sites in Texas, often on calcareous soils[
]. Often abundant on overgrazed pastures[
Requires a position in full sun in a deep open well-drained soil[
]. Often found in calcareous soils in the wild[
This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c[
]. Plants are sub-shrubs and may die back to the base in winter[
Plants have deep taproots and resent root disturbance[
]. They should be planted into their permanent positions as soon as possible.
Because it is unpalatable to livestock, this plant is often an indicator of overgrazed land[
Plants are strongly aromatic[
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Prick the plants out into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle, using deep pots to accommodate the tap root. Grow on for the first winter in a greenhouse and plant out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer[
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, mid summer in a frame.