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Baccharis pilularis  DC.
Coyote brush,   Dwarf chaparral broom
Baccharis pilularis is a shrub that is native to California, and found only slightly beyond California borders.
Siskiyou Del Norte Modoc Humboldt Shasta Lassen Trinity Plumas Tehama Butte Mendocino Glenn Sierra Yuba Lake Nevada Colusa Placer Sutter El Dorado Yolo Alpine Napa Sonoma Sacramento Mono Amador Solano Calaveras Tuolumne San Joaquin Marin Contra Costa Alameda Santa Cruz Mariposa Madera San Francisco San Mateo Merced Fresno Stanislaus Santa Clara Inyo San Benito Tulare Kings Monterey San Bernardino San Luis Obispo Kern Santa Barbara Ventura Los Angeles Riverside Orange San Diego Imperial
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Genus: Baccharis
Family: Asteraceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Habitat: canyons, coastal

Communities: Coastal Strand, Northern Coastal Scrub, Coastal Sage Scrub, Closed-cone Pine Forest, Mixed Evergreen Forest, Foothill Woodland, Chaparral

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTSBaccharis pilularis var. consanguinea
Information about  Baccharis pilularis from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Jepson eFlora

USDA PLANTS Profile (BAPI)

Photos on Calflora

Photos on CalPhotos

Google Images

Photos on iNaturalist

ID Tips on PlantID.net

John Callender (CarpWithoutCars): "Tilden's monumental study (1951) of this shrub identified over 221 species of insects associated with it, as well as eight species of mites. The insects, in turn, hosted an additional 62 species of parasites for a total of 291 species on coyote brush." from Russo's Field Guide to Plant Galls of California and Other Western States:

A Biological Control Buffet (YouTube): 
From USDA-ARS scientist Dr. Eric Brennan.
A natural 'all you can eat' buffet keeps beneficial organisms working on the farm year-round. Hedgerows, cover crops & insectary plants provide this biodiversity which helps farmers control pests without pesticides and makes the farm more sustainable and beautiful.

Introduction to Coyote Brush: Coyote Brush is an key successional plant, a major component in thousands of square miles of grassland, chaparral and coastal scrub... A photo essay from PlantID.net. (contributed by Bruce Homer-Smith)


Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2023. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 02/05/2023).