Taxon  Report   4537    
Kochia scoparia  (L.) Schrad.
Common red sage,  Mexican fireweed, Summer cypress, Summercypress
Kochia scoparia
© 2014 Zoya Akulova
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CalPhotos / Calflora
Kochia scoparia
© 2012 Jean Pawek
Kochia scoparia
© 2012 Jean Pawek
Kochia scoparia, a dicot, is an annual herb that is not native to California; it was introduced from elsewhere and naturalized in the wild. Cal-IPC rating: Limited

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Kochia scoparia
© 2014 Zoya Akulova
Genus: Kochia
Subspecies and Varieties:
Communities: weed, characteristic of disturbed places

Wetlands: Equally likely to occur in wetlands and non wetlands

Habitat: disturbed

Name Status:
Accepted by ICPN

PLANTS accepted name:
Bassia scoparia

Alternate Names:
ICPN: Bassia scoparia
More information about  Kochia scoparia
Photos on Google Images
UC Integrated Pest Management Weed Photo Gallery
(profile of this plant as an agricultural weed)

Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation


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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]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 19, 2019).