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Bassia scoparia 'Trichophylla'

Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Bassia (BASS-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: scoparia (sko-PAIR-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Trichophylla

Synonym:Kochia scoparia
Synonym:Kochia scoparia var. tricophylla
Synonym:Kochia tricophylla

10 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction
Pollen may cause allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
4.5 or below (very acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative coriaceous On Feb 21, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

A highly invasive plant, and a difficult weed to control. In North America, it has naturalized in 43 states and 7 provinces. It is banned or quarantined in three states.

It is also highly allergenic.

Positive surena6 On Jan 20, 2003, surena6 wrote:

I am a Ph-D student of plant physiology, studing kochia potential as a forage crop in saline soils. I am ready to stablish a relation with anybody who is interest with this plant. I am studing physiological aspects of this plant that is yet unknown.
Majid Jami AL-Ahmadi
please contact me in:

Neutral Sis On Aug 29, 2001, Sis wrote:

Common name:Burning Bush(syn.Bassia scoparia)
Uniform,dense,pyramidal form'
Autumn red(annual)
Finely-cut foliage is bright green all summer
and changes to blazing red in fall'

Stunning hedge or bedding plant'


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Louisville, Kentucky
Cumberland, Maryland
Lusby, Maryland
Warner, Oklahoma
Reading, Pennsylvania
Church Hill, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
San Antonio, Texas

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