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Purshia tridentata

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Species Name: Purshia tridentata
Common Name: Antelope Bitterbrush

Recommended for desert and high mountain gardens, but will also do well in inland valleys in well-draining soil. Nitrogen fixing. Seeds are sought after by birds and chipmunks. Very drought and cold tolerant.

Plant Family: Rosaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 6-15' H x 3-5' W
Growth Habit: Upright, multi-branching
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining, rocky
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring/Summer
Flower Color: White
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Klamath Range, No. Coast Ranges, Cascade Ranges, High Sierra Nevada, Tehachapi, no. Transverse Ranges, eastern Peninsular Range, Great Basin, Desert Mountains
Natural Habitat: Sagebrush scrub, chaparral, Joshua tree, pinyon-juniper woodland, coniferous forest from 2400-9200'

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