Desert Sweet, Fernbush
Chamaebatiaria millefolium

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Chamaebatiaria (kam-ay-bay-tee-AY-ree-uh) (Info)
Species: millefolium (mill-ee-FOH-lee-um) (Info)

Category:

Shrubs

Height:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Aromatic

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

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

Flagstaff, Arizona

Beulah, Colorado

Boise, Idaho

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Bloomfield, New Mexico

Farmington, New Mexico (2 reports)

Jensen, Utah

Santaquin, Utah

Kinnear, Wyoming

Riverton, Wyoming

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jul 9, 2012, xericgma from Beulah, CO wrote:

These shrubs survived an extended drought in our area, when we ran out of well water. They were not watered at all, for three years ('normal' rainfall is 15"/year here). They are survivors!

Positive

On Mar 22, 2008, libradiva from Bloomfield, NM wrote:

This shrub grows very well in xeric gardens. The white flowers attract numerous species of small bees and wasps so it may be best to plant it away from walkways, doorways, etc. if you (or your guests) are afraid of these insects. This is one of the earliest shrubs to begin leafing out in the spring in the southwest U.S. Intermountain zone. The plant emits a very pleasant smell after a rain.