Larrea / Creosote Bush
Common Name: Creosote Bush
The creosote bush is a characteristic feature of North America's hot deserts. It generally out-competes other plants for water, which accounts for its prevalence in many arid locations of the southwest. It is known to flower from February through August, attracting a broad spectrum of native bee visitors.
Throughout the southwestern United States, from Texas to the deserts of southern California and north to southern Utah
Larrea tridentata (creosote bush) is commercially available, primarily through native plant nurseries in appropriate growing regions. It prefers loose, well-drained sand or loam.
Early spring through late summer
Full sun to partial shade
Larrea tridentata (creosote bush, is the prominent species in the Mojave, Sonoran, and Chihuahuan Deserts of western North America and its range includes southeastern California, Arizona, southern Nevada, southwestern Utah, New Mexico and Texas. Creosote bush produces inch-wide, yellow petals, which can bloom from February through August. After it blooms, the flower turns into a small, white, fuzzy fruit capsule. It typically grows 3-5 feet, but individual plants can reach 10 feet. It has a distinctive pungent fragrance, which fills the air following rains.
In addition to attracting myriad species of native bees, the foliage provides shelter for desert wildlife and habitat for grasshoppers, praying mantids and crickets. The fruit provides food for birds. Creosote bush enhances gardens with its showy, aromatic, long-lived blooms.