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Creosote Bush

Larrea tridentata


Location: Southwestern United States and Northwestern Mexico

Description: Drought resistant shrub with small compound leaves that send aroma after rainfall. The aroma is actually an animal deterrent which help with its long life span. These plants often live 100-200 years.  Creosote can be 3-10 ft in height and need full sun. This plants leaves reflect the sun and often these shrubs grow together in rings of 6-20 m in diameter. Mainly in spring or after large amounts of rainfall, yellow flowers start to appear on the greyish stems. Creosote grows in loose soils where the roots can be aerated. Creosote was used by Native Americans for medicinal purposes


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