Baccharis salicifolia

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Baccharis salicifolia
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Baccharis
B. salicifolia
Binomial name
Baccharis salicifolia
  • Baccharis glutinosa
    Baccharis viminea

Baccharis salicifolia is a blooming shrub native to the sage scrub community and desert southwest of the United States and northern Mexico, as well as parts of South America. Its usual common name is mule fat; [1]:126 it is also called seepwillow or water-wally. This is a large bush with sticky foliage which bears plentiful small, fuzzy, pink or red-tinged white flowers which are highly attractive to butterflies. [2] The long pointed leaves may be toothed and contain three lengthwise veins. It is most common near water sources.


  • The Kayenta Navajo people use this plant in a compound infusion of plants used as a lotion for chills from immersion. [3]

Another use is fire starting. Dried Baccharis salicifolia has a very low ignition temperature, very similar to the dried yucca stalk. It can be used for spindles and hand-drill shafts.


  1. ^ Mojave Desert Wildflowers, Pam MacKay, 2nd ed., 2013, ISBN  978-0-7627-8033-4
  2. ^ Soule, J.A. 2012. Butterfly Gardening in Southern Arizona. Tierra del Soule Press, Tucson, AZ
  3. ^ Wyman, Leland C. and Stuart K. Harris 1951 The Ethnobotany of the Kayenta Navaho. Albuquerque. The University of New Mexico Press (p. 45)

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