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Christmas Bush

Baccharis magellanica

A rare but endearing and tough evergreen from the Southern Andes, collected by Dan Hinkley in southern Chile. Dense, ground-hugging stems with glossy grayish green foliage are cloaked with tiny, creamy-white spring flowers, followed by a flurry of white seed heads. A well-behaved weed-suppressing cover for dry, lean and rocky soils.
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Full sun

Once established, needs only occasional watering.


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Botanical PronunciationBAK-uh-riss ma-jell-AN-ee-kuh
Average Size at MaturityForms a dense mat 6 to 12 in. tall, spreading to 60 in. wide.
Bloom TimeLate winter to spring.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGray-green
Garden StyleRustic
Growth HabitSpreading
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Coastal Exposure, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFull sun
Special FeatureEasy Care, Tolerates Alkaline Soil, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Tolerates Road Salt
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, needs only occasional watering.
Companion PlantsSedum (Sedum); Hens & Chicks (Sempervivum); Aloe (Aloe); Texas Ranger (Leucophyllum); Creeping Juniper (Juniperus)

Thrives in well-drained soils. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season. Drought tolerant once established. Feed with a slow-release, general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 7-9

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