Baccharis pilularis (Coyote Bush)
Coyote Bush is a tough evergreen shrub with thick shiny triangular leaves.
Its native territory is primarily the California and Oregon coast, USDA zones 8-9.
Little can deter this plant from growing, not heat, wind or lack of water; it is even fire and deer resistant.
This 1-2 foot tall plant will make a great ground or bank cover, or when grown singly will develop into a small rounded shrub.
The flowers are yellow and the female plants will produce fuzzy seed heads.
Early Native Americans used parts of this plant to make a tea which relieved poison oak rash.
Photo at right was taken by J. Smith at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center.