Xylorhiza tortifolia Xylorhiza tortifolia Xylorhiza tortifolia
Common Name Mojave Aster, Mojave Woodyaster
Latin Name Xylorhiza tortifolia
Family Asteraceae
Sunset zones / USDA zones   / 8-11 
Type / Form Shrub / Small
Native Habitat Washes and dry slopes 800 to 6,500 feet from Mojave Desert into the Sonoran
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Water None to once per week
Exposure Full sun
Height X Width 1 foot X 2 feet
Protective Mechanism None
Leaves Silver-grey deciduous
Flowers Light purple flowers March through May and again in September-October
Bark / Roots  
Maintenance Low
Propagation Seed
Pests and diseases Caterpillars
Landscape uses Container, rock garden, low maintenance, foliage accent, cut flowers
Garden Suitability Thornless, Sonoran, Butterfly
Ornamental Value Light purple flowers March through May and again in September-October
Nature Value Food plant for butterfly larvae, birds eat berries
Native American Uses Leaves carried in clothes to counteract body odors
    Images and data http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=8372
    Images and data http://www.desertusa.com/mag98/oct/papr/mojaster.html
    Images and data http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/94449/
    Images and data http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=XYTOT
    Data http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_JM_treatment.pl?Xylorhiza+tortifolia
    Seeds http://www.nativeseednetwork.org/viewtaxon?taxon_code=XYTO2
    Nursery, images, and data http://www.cnplx.info/nplx/species?taxon=Xylorhiza+tortifolia
    Distribution http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=XYTO2