Baccharis salicifolia

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Baccharis salicifolia
Baccharis salicifolia 1.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Tribe: Astereae
Genus: Baccharis
Species: B. salicifolia
Binomial name
Baccharis salicifolia
(Ruiz & Pav.) Pers.
  • Baccharis glutinosa
    Baccharis viminea

Baccharis salicifolia is a blooming shrub native to the desert southwest of the United States and northern Mexico, as well as parts of South America. Its usual common name is mule fat; 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.[1] The long pointed leaves may be toothed. 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.[2]


  1. ^ Soule, J.A. 2012. Butterfly Gardening in Southern Arizona. Tierra del Soule Press, Tucson, AZ
  2. ^ 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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