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PlantFiles: 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)

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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

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

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive xericgma 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 libradiva 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.


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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