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Ambrosia chenopodiifolia

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Species Name: Ambrosia chenopodiifolia
Common Name: San Diego Bursage

San Diego bursage is a large shrub native to San Diego County and parts of Baja California. It has interesting pale yellow-green foliage and flowers. True to its name, it forms burs. These can become entangled in pet fur, so careful placement is key.

Plant Family: Asteraceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 6-10' H x 4-6' W
Growth Habit: Upright
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 25 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Inconspicuous
Endangered?: List 2.1
Distribution: Southwestern San Diego County, Baja CA
Natural Habitat: Coastal scrub



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