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Marcus, Joseph A.
Baccharis neglecta Britt.
False Willow, Jara dulce, Poverty Weed, Roosevelt Weed
USDA Symbol: bane2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A weedy, tall shrub abundant in fields out of cultivation and on disturbed ground, also in unshaded, low places. With ascending light brown branches and green twigs. Leaves partly evergreen, very narrow, less than 1/4 inch wide and up to 3 inches long. Male and female flowers on separate plants. Female flowers inconspicuous, silky, in small, greenish white heads which appear to be individual flowers, these arranged in large clusters up to 1 foot or more long and 8 inches wide, resembling silky plumes in October and November. Fruit, minute, about 1/16 inch long, borne on the wind by a tuft of hairs.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct
AZ , NM , TX Native Habitat:
Prairie, Plains, Meadows, Pastures, Savannahs USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Low Light Requirement:
Part Shade Soil Moisture:
Dry Soil Description:
Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Calcareous, Saline tolerant Conditions Comments:
The species name neglecta
refers to the prevalence of this plant in neglected or disturbed areas. Although common, consider planting this shrub
for its showy profusion of silky silver/white flowers. Roosevelt Weed
is also a good nectar
plant for many pollinators including some butterflies. Simple
to care for: Full sun and low water.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: High
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Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0546
Collected Oct 2, 1987 in Bexar County by Harry CliffeNPSOT 0486B
Collected Jun 23, 1993 in Bexar County by Mike FoxNPSOT 0618
Collected Oct 30, 1993 in Comal County by Mary Beth WhiteNPSOT 0987
Collected Nov 6, 1994 in Bexar County by Mike FoxNPSOT 1030B
Collected Nov 11, 1994 in Bexar County by Mike FoxNPSOT 1068
Collected Sep 25. 1995 in Bexar County by Mike FoxNPSOT 0486A
Collected Jun 23, 1993 in Bexar County by Mike Fox
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-620
Collected 2007-10-27 in Hays County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
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Record Modified: 2008-10-31
Research By: NPC