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Common Name: Blackbrush

Scientific Name: Coleogyne ramosissima

Native / Introduced: Native

Main Uses:

~Revegetation in arid regions

Height: 1 - 5 feet

Colors: Green

Flowering Season: Summer

Elevation: 2,500 – 8,000 ft.

Soil Types: Well drained medium to coarse textured

Tolerances: Drought

Sun or Shade: Full sun

Minimum Precipitation: 4.5 - 11 inches

Lifecycle: Perennial

Estimated Seeds Per Pound: 21,000

Optimal Planting Season: Fall

Planting Depth: 1/2 - 3/4 inch

Stratification Requirements: Yes

Category: Shrub



Blackbrush is an evergreen shrub that also exhibits drought-deciduous characteristics. It primarily thrives in the transition zone between the Mojave and Great Basin deserts and is often the dominant shrub along the western border of the Sonoran Desert. This resilient shrub is typically found at elevations ranging from 2,500 to 8,000 feet and is commonly found in areas with precipitation zones spanning from 4.5 to 11 inches. It prefers well-drained soils with medium to coarse textures.


In terms of its ecological significance, Blackbrush holds a small but notable value as forage, providing food and cover for wildlife in its habitat. Additionally, it is recognized for its importance in the revegetation of adapted sites, making it a valuable resource for land restoration and conservation efforts in its native regions.



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Photo Credit:Patrick Alexander



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