Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database

Baccharis pilularis (Coyote Bush, Coyote Brush, Chaparral Broom, Bush Baccharis)



 Plantae – Plants


 Tracheobionta – Vascular plants


 Spermatophyta – Seed plants


 Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants


 Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons






 Asteraceae – Aster family


 Baccharis L. – baccharis


 Baccharis pilularis DC. – coyotebrush

Photo at right was taken by J. Smith at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center.


Coyote Bush is a tough evergreen shrub with thick shiny triangular leaves.

Its native territory is primarily the California and Oregon coast, USDA zones 8-9.

Little can deter this plant from growing, not heat, wind or lack of water; it is even fire and deer resistant.

This 1-2 foot tall plant will make a great ground or bank cover, or when grown singly will develop into a small rounded shrub.

The flowers are yellow and the female plants will produce fuzzy seed heads.

Early Native Americans used parts of this plant to make a tea which relieved poison oak rash.

Photo credit:  Franco Folini. "Two Coyote Bushes blooming at Golden Gate National Recreation Area Marin County, CA"

Photo, left, credit:  Miguel Vieira; Photo, right, credit:  Franco Folini


Photo, left, credit:  Stickpen; Photo, center, credit:  James Steakley; Photo, right, credit:  Evangele19 In Los Osos Oaks State Preserve

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