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Baccharis patagonica - Hook.&Arn.

Common Name
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Rock crevices, forest margins and coastal sands[69].
Range Southern S. America - Argentina, Chile.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Frost Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Baccharis patagonica


Baccharis patagonica

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Baccharis patagonica is an evergreen Shrub growing to 3 m (9ft) by 3 m (9ft) at a slow rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8 and is not frost tender. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower in May. The species is dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required). and are pollinated by Insects.The plant is not self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in saline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Hedge;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Fuel;  Hedge;  Hedge.

A very good hedge for exposed maritime conditions[166, 182, 200]. It is exceedingly tolerant of maritime exposure and amenable to clipping, though it is rather slow growing[K]. Plants tend to be as wide or wider than they are tall and produce a very dense weed-excluding cover[K]. Plants have an extensive root system and can be grown on sand or thin coastal soils in order to bind the soil[200]. Resinous secretions on the leaves and wood make this a useful fuel[11]. It is a fairly small plant though and would not be a very productive source.

Cultivation details

Succeeds in almost any soil, from heavy clays to pure sands, if it is growing in a sunny position[11, 200. Tolerates saline conditions[200]. A dense evergreen shrub, it is useful for coastal situations and is exceedingly tolerant of maritime exposure[49, 166, 182]. A rather slow-growing plant, increasing in height by 15 - 25cm a year[K]. Plants are hardy to about -15°c[200]. Very tolerant of pruning, plants produce an abundance of new shoots if they are cut back to the ground[K]. Flowers are produced on the previous year's growth[K]. Considered to be very attractive by most visitors to our trial grounds, the foliage and flowers are strongly aromatic, especially on hot sunny days[K]. Dioecious. Male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.

Propagation

Seed - no pre-treatment is required[113]. Surface sow in pots a cold frame in the spring, do not let the compost dry out. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 2 weeks[113]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the cold frame for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame. Very easy[K]. Cuttings of mature wood of the current seasons growth, November in a frame. Easy[K].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Hook.&Arn.

Botanical References

1169200

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Readers comment

Judith Foester   Mon Mar 27 2006

This is such a useful photo for identifying the plant in the wild.

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