Family: Amaranthaceae | Genus: BASSIA scoparia
type : Annuals
sun exposure : Full Sun
water : Regular Water
planting zones : US (Upper South) / Zone 6, MS (Middle South) / Zone 7, LS (Lower South) / Zone 8, CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9, TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10, TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11
Plant Details

Formerly Kochia scoparia. Native to Eurasia. To 3 feet high and 2 feet wide. Branches are so thickly clothed in soft, narrow, light green leaves that plant is too dense to see through. Grow individually for its gently rounded form; or group plants for low, temporary hedge or edging. Can be sheared into any shape. Grow from seed sown in early spring or (in mild-winter climates) in fall. Seeds need light to germinate, so barely cover them with soil. Tolerates high heat.

B. s

  • trichophylla known as Mexican fire bush or burning bush, is identical to the species, but its foliage turns bright red or purplish red in autumn.
  • Can reseed profusely enough to become a pest; be sure to hoe out any unwanted seedlings when they're still small.

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