|Desert Broom is a
member of the Sunflower Family.
is a medium sized shrub to 10 feet in height and has bright green,
sticky leaves to 1.5 inches in length and 1/8 inches in width. The plant typically grows
in washes, hillsides and along streams at elevations between 1000 - 5500 feet.
Not surprisingly, given its name,
the branches of the Desert Broom
were used by early pioneers for brooms.
Desert Broom typically blooms between
September - February and produces small, whitish, rayless flowers to
3/8 inches in width which grow from the end of the stems. Male and
female flowers appear on separate plants, with female plants producing
white, silky airborne seeds when mature.