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Shrub- Prostrate chamise

Prostrate chamise in garden
Common Name: Prostrate chamise

Botanical Name:  Adenostoma fasciculatum 'Nicholas'

Family: Rosaceae

Description: Dark-green, needle-like foliage, stays low to ground; native to California and Baja California chaparral

Sun: Full sun to part shade (inland)

Water: Drought tolerant

Soil: Adaptable except alkaline

Habit and form: Slow growing evergreen shrub, 1-3 feet tall to 3-5 feet wide.  Mounding, then spreading growth

Prostrate chamise closeup

Flower type: Clusters of small flowers 1-3 inches long at ends of branches

Flower color & bloom season: Small, white flowers are short lived but progress from rust to chocolate colors.  Blooms profusely in late spring and early summer

Uses, if any, for plant and/or flowers:    Use in median strips, rock gardens or containers

Pruning time & method: Regular light pruning to keep small and compact


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