Photo of Grayia spinosa (Hook.) Moq.
Common Name Spiny Hopsage, Hopsage
Latin Name Grayia spinosa
Native Habitat Mojave Desert from 2,500 to 7,500 feet
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Water None
Height X Width 2 feet X 2 feet, 5 feet X 5 feet rare
Protective Mechanism Spines on leaves
Leaves Evergreen, dark green to bright red leaves
Garden Suitability Sonoran, Songbird
Ornamental Value Dark green leaves, bright red flowers March through June
Nature Value Browse for big game, primary growth after over grazing
Native American Uses Seeds ground into flour to make pinole
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  Note:  Plant in wind protected spot