File:Chamaebatiaria millefolium 2.jpg Chamaebatiaria  millefolium - Flower - fernbush
Foliage detail, Chamaebatiaria millefolium, Grand Canyon National Park. Habit of Chamaebatiaria millefolium in bloom, Grand Canyon National Park. Dry seed capsules and foliage of Chamaebatiaria millefolium, Grand Canyon National Park.
Common Name Fernbush, Desert sweet
Latin Name Chamaebatiaria millefolium
Family / Origin Rosaceae
Sunset zones / USDA zones 1-3, 6-16, 18-24 / 4-6
Type / Form Bush / Small
Native Habitat Southwestern deserts and mountains 3,200 to 10,000 feet
Soil Dry, decomposed alkaline granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Exposure Full sun
Water Once or twice per month
Height X Width 6 feet X 6 feet
Protective Mechanism None
Leaves Alternate, evergreen in the south and deciduous in the north, fragrant, very finely bipinnately compound, appearing fern-like (hence the common name), light geen above, pale-pubescent below, sticky, to 3 1/2 inches, individual leaflets are tiny, with lobed or wavy margins.
Flowers Showy, in 4-inch terminal panicles or racemes, individual flowers have 5 petals, 1/2 inch across, mid to late summer. Technically a follicle, capsule-like, turning brown and splitting open at maturity in fall, persistent through the winter.
Bark / Roots Reddish brown, smooth and shiny, with prominent lenticels, eventually becoming somewhat shreddy. Slender, reddish brown, covered in pale pubescence, spur shoots present, leaf scars with 3 distinct bundle scars.
Maintenance Low
Propagation Seeds
Pests and diseases None
Landscape Uses Erosion control, rock garden, low maintenance, parkways, specimen
Garden Suitability Thornless, Mountainn, Ethnobotanical, Butterfly, Fragrance, Songbird
Nature Value Browsed by sheep, goats, and deer
Native American Uses Medicinal
Links  
    Images and data http://www.mswn.com/Plant%20Info%20Sheets/Chamaebatiaria%20millefolium.pdf
    Images and data http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/78972/
    Images and data http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chamaebatiaria
    Images and data http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=CHMI2
    Images and data http://www.cas.vanderbilt.edu/bioimages/species/chmi2.htm
    Images and data http://www.delange.org/FernBush/FernBush.htm
    Images and data http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=1915
    Images and data http://www.cnr.vt.edu/dendro/dendrology/syllabus2/factsheet.cfm?ID=877
    Images and data http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/shrub/chamil/all.html
    Images and data http://www.calflora.net/bloomingplants/desertsweet.html
    Nursery http://www.laspilitas.com/nature-of-california/plants/chamaebatiaria-millefolium
    Distribution http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=CHMI2
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