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Plant Type: shrub
Plant Height: 1-2 feet
Spread: 2-4 feet
Flower Color: greenish-yellow
Sun Exposure: Full Sun


Bursage, a perennial shrub, is a significant component of the North American desert flora, especially in the Sonoran Desert. It's well-adapted to extreme arid conditions, making it an exemplar of desert vegetation. The plant is characterized by its small, gray-green leaves which are covered in fine hairs, giving them a silvery appearance. This adaptation helps reflect sunlight and conserve water.

The flowers of Bursage are not showy, aligning with its adaptation to a harsh environment where conserving energy and resources is crucial. These flowers typically bloom in the spring. The plant is dioecious, meaning individual plants are either male or female. After flowering, the female plants produce small, spiny burs that contain seeds.

In its natural habitat, Bursage plays a vital ecological role. It provides food and habitat for a variety of desert wildlife and is part of a unique plant community known as "desert scrub." The plant's root system helps in soil stabilization, making it valuable for controlling erosion in arid regions.

In landscaping, Bursage is used primarily in xeriscaping and natural desert gardens. Its ability to thrive with minimal water makes it an excellent choice for water-efficient landscaping. The plant's silvery foliage can provide a striking contrast when paired with other desert plants like cacti and succulents. Additionally, Bursage is often used in restoration projects within its native range, helping to reclaim and stabilize desert ecosystems.

Given its highly specialized adaptations, Bursage is best suited for gardens in desert or near-desert climates. It requires well-draining soil and minimal supplemental water once established. For those looking to create an authentic desert landscape or seeking plants that require minimal care and water, Bursage is an excellent option.

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