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Purshia tridentata

Antelope Bitterbrush

Community: Desert

Brief Description

Slow-growing shrub withstands drought and flowers in the spring.

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  • Heat, Drought Tolerant
  • Grey Green Foliage
  • Yellow Spring Bloom
  • Sagebrush Sidekick

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Availability: Temporarily sold out. New inventory is made available in the spring and fall of each year.

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Plant Description and Details

A true native to "where the deer and the antelope play," Antelope Bitterbrush is a hardy shrub for the desert. Its grey-green foliage mixes nicely with Sagebrush and Rabbitbrush, and it has similar very low water needs. Yellow flowers line the branches in springtime, and mid-summer, brown-hulled teardrop seeds appear. The fresh berries can be popped, leaking bright red, bitter juice. Deer favor it for browse.

Common Names Antelope Bitterbrush
Community Desert
Annual Water Needs Less than 10 inches
Drought Tolerant Yes
Native Range Sage country, open ground, throughout western states.
Native States CA, CO, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY
Hardiness Down to Zone 4
Exposure Sun
Soil Preference Well Drained
Placement Desert shrubscape, fencelines, pruned for a hedge.
Mature Height 6 - 12 ft.
Mature Width 6 ft.
Group Spacing 4 - 8 ft.
Blossom Color Yellow
Blooms Spring
Wildlife Mammals
Plants Symbol PUTR2
Family Name Rosaceae
Lewis & Clark No
 

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