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Creosote Bush Larrea tridentanta 200 Seeds USA Company

Creosote Bush Larrea tridentanta 200 Seeds USA Company

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Larrea tridentata, commonly known as creosote bush or chaparral, is a plant native to arid regions of North America, particularly the Southwestern United States and parts of Mexico. It's well adapted to desert environments, characterized by its resinous leaves and distinctive odor, often described as "creosote." This plant has been used traditionally by indigenous peoples for various medicinal purposes, and its compounds have garnered interest in modern medicine for their potential pharmacological properties. Additionally, creosote bush plays a significant ecological role in desert ecosystems, providing habitat and food for wildlife and helping to stabilize soil in harsh environments.


Creosote bush typically grows 1 to 3 meters (3 to 10 feet) tall, although it can reach up to 4.5 meters (15 feet) under ideal conditions.

It has many small, dark green compound leaves with two leaflets that are resinous and waxy to the touch.

The leaves are small, about 7 to 18 mm long, and generally oval or elliptical in shape, sometimes with three lobes hence the species name "tridentata," meaning three-toothed.


The bark of Larrea tridentata is dark brown and deeply furrowed.


The plant produces small, yellow flowers with five petals.

These flowers bloom in spring and occasionally after summer rains, often resulting in a conspicuous display of yellow blossoms covering the shrub.


After flowering, Larrea tridentata develops small, hairy, capsule-like fruits containing seeds.


One of the most notable characteristics of creosote bush is its strong, distinctive odor, often described as a "creosote" smell due to the resinous compounds present in the leaves.


Creosote bush is native to arid and semi-arid regions of North America, particularly the Southwestern United States (including the Sonoran and Mojave Deserts) and parts of Mexico.

It thrives in well-drained, sandy, or gravelly soils and is often found in desert scrub, chaparral, and other arid habitats.


Larrea tridentata is well-adapted to desert environments, with features such as small, resinous leaves that help reduce water loss through transpiration, and deep root systems to access water from deep in the soil.

Hardy in zones 8-11.

Growing Instructions for the Creosote Bush

The creosote bush prefers full sun and sandy, well-drained soil. 1. Sow the seeds in pots that contain a cactus mix or a mix of sand and some potting soil. 2. Cover seed with 1/8 inch of sand. 3. Keep the pot warm, in the light and barely moist until germination. The seeds germinate in 3 to 5 weeks. 4. After the seedlings reach an inch or two, individuate to gallon pots and grow out that way for at least a year before transplanting.  Space plants at least 3 feet apart.


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