Herbs & Plants

Baccharis salicifolia

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Botanical Name: Baccharis salicifolia
Family: Asteraceae
Tribe: Astereae
Genus: Baccharis
Species: B. salicifolia
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Asterales

Synonyms: Baccharis viminea, B. glutinosa

Common Names :Mule fat,Seepwillow or Water-wally.

Habitat :Baccharis salicifolia is  native to the desert southwest of the United States and northern Mexico, as well as parts of South America.

Baccharis salicifolia is a Perennial, Evergreen  and dioecious shrub, growing up to 10 feet (3 m) , but usually less.This is a large bush with sticky foliage which bears plentiful small, fuzzy, pink or red-tinged white flowers. The long pointed leaves may be toothed. It is most common near water sources.
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The seeds are fluffy with a feathery, white pappus. The leaves are sticky, dark green, lanceolate in shape, variably toothed, and up to 6 inches (15 cm) long.

Medicinal Uses:
Leaves were used in a hair wash solution to prevent baldness.  A decoction of leaves and stems was used in as an women’s hygienic agent.  An infusion of leaves was used as an eyewash.  The tea is drunk for hay fever, sinusitis and frontal headaches. The herb is boiled into a disinfecting wash to clean and dress wounds.  It also is mildly anesthetic to cuts and wounds.

Other Uses:
Baccharis salicifolia is a Butterfly Plant – The flowers attract butterflies, especially Queen (Danaus gilippus) butterflies. This plant is a good addition to butterfly gardens (if you are not allergic to it), and plants may be available from native plant nurseries.

Known Hazards: Allergenic – The pollen is an allergen.

Disclaimer:The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider


Baccharis salicifolia – Mule-fat

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