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Turpentine Bush

Turpentine Bush

Regular price $5.90 USD
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Plant Type: shrub
Plant Height: 3-5 feet
Spread: 3-5 feet
Flower Color: bright yellow
Sun Exposure: Full Sun


The Turpentine Bush, scientifically known as Ericameria laricifolia, is a resilient and aromatic perennial shrub native to the desert regions of the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico. This plant is part of the Asteraceae family and is known for its medicinal properties, distinctive aroma, and vibrant display of yellow flowers, making it a valued addition to desert landscapes and water-wise gardens.

Growing to about 3 to 5 feet tall and wide, the Turpentine Bush forms a rounded and dense habit, with narrow, needle-like green leaves that exude a strong, turpentine-like scent when crushed. This aromatic quality has made the plant a traditional remedy for various ailments among indigenous peoples. From late summer to fall, it produces clusters of small, daisy-like bright yellow flowers that cover the shrub, creating a striking visual contrast against the desert backdrop and attracting pollinators such as bees and butterflies.

Adapted to full sun, Ericameria laricifolia thrives in well-draining soil and is extremely drought-tolerant once established, requiring minimal supplemental watering. Its ability to withstand harsh desert conditions, including high temperatures and poor soils, makes it an ideal choice for xeriscaping and naturalized areas where water conservation is a priority.

In landscaping, the Turpentine Bush is often used as an accent plant, in rock gardens, or as part of a native plant garden. Its compact size, aromatic foliage, and bright yellow flowers make it suitable for small gardens, and it can also be used in mass plantings for a dramatic effect.

Overall, the Turpentine Bush is a low-maintenance and attractive shrub, ideal for gardeners looking to add long-lasting color and texture to dry, sunny areas. Its ease of care, drought tolerance, and striking appearance make it a favored choice for a variety of landscaping projects, especially those focused on sustainability and desert aesthetics.

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