Hymenoclea salsola

Hymenoclea salsola

Cheesebush (or White burrobush)

A common desert shrub with a straggly appearance found generally below 4,000 ft. elevation. It is widespread and tends to form dense thickets along sandy washes throughout the Southwest. Referred to as cheese-bush due to the odor of its foliage when crushed. Grows two to three feet tall and is recommended for use in seed blends intended for dry, sandy, desert areas.

Varieties: 

Species Attributes

Height: 
- 3 
feet
Native or Introduced: 
Native
Precipitation: 
in.
Sun & Shade Tolerance: 
Full Sun
Part Sun
Elevation: 
- 4,000 
ft.

Soil Texture

Coarse: 
Best
Moderately Coarse: 
Best
Medium: 
Average
Moderately Fine: 
Not Adapted
Fine: 
Not Adapted

Soil pH

Acidic: 
Not Adapted
Neutral: 
Best
Basic: 
Average
Seeding Rate: 
PLS lbs/Acre
Pure Seed per Bushel: 
6.40 lbs.
Seeds per Pound: 
110,000
Germination Time: 
Days
Mycorrhizal Dependent: 
Yes
Bloom Color: 
White
Blooming Season: 
Spring