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Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila notata) | Bermuda Buttercup (Oxalis pes-caprae) | Bicolor Everlasting (Gnaphalium bicolor) | Black Sage (Salvia mellifera) | Broom Baccharis (Baccharis sarothroides) | Buck Brush (Ceanothus cuneatus) | Bush Monkeyflower (Mimlus aurantiacus aurantiacus) | Bush Monkeyflower (Mimulus aurantiacus puniceus) | California Everylasting (Pseudognapalium californicum) | California Suncups (Camissonis bistorta) | California Wood Sorrel (Oxalis albicans) | Castor Bean (Ricinus communis) | Chalk Dudleyla (Dudleya pulverulenta) | Chamise or Greasewood (Adenostoma fasciculatum) | Cheeseweed (Malva pariflora) | Chocolate Lily (Fritillaria biflora) | Cleveland Sage (Salvia clevelandii) | Climbing Milkweed (Sarcostemma cynanchoides hartwegii) | Coastal Prickley Pear (Opuntia liittoralis) | Coastal Sagebrush (Artemisia californica) | Common Phacelia (Phacelia distans) | Coyote Bush (Baccharis pilularis) | Cryptantha or Forget-Me-Nots (Cryptantha sps ) | Deer Pea Vetch (Vicia ludoviciana ludoviciana) | Deer Weed (Lotus scoparius) | Doveweed (Croton setigerus) | Fiesta Flower (Pholistoma auritum) | Fuchsia-flowered Gooseberry (Ribes speciosum) | Garden Rocket (Eruca vesicaria sativa) | Gum Plant (Grindelia camporum) | Himalaya Blackberry (Rubus discolor) | Horehound (Marrubium vulgare) | Italian Thistle (Carduus pycnocephalus) | Lance-leaf Dudley (Dudleya lanceolata) | Laurel Sumac (Malosma laurina) | Lemonadeberry (Rhus integrifolia) | Live-forever (Dudleya arizonica) | Liverwort | Miner's Lettuce (Claytonia) | Mission Manzanita (Xylococcus bicolor) | Mushrooms | Narrow-leaf Bedstraw (Galium angustifolium) | San Diego Sunflower (Viguiera laciniata) | San Diego Wreath Plant (Stephanomeria diegensis) | Shaw Agave (Agave shawii shawii) | Shooting Stars (Dodecatheon clevelandii) | Short-Leaf Dudleya (Dudleya brevifolia) | Short-pod Mustard (Hirschfeldia incana) | Small Wreath Plant ( Stephanomeria exigua deanei ) | Spice Bush (Cneoridium dumosum) | Star Lily (Zigadenus fremontii) | Tecolote Thistle (Centaurea melitensis) | Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia) | Tree Tobacco (Nicotiana glauca) | Vinegar Weed (Trichostema lanceolatum) | Virgin's Bower (Clematis paciflora) | Virginia Peppergrass | Warty-stem Lilac (Ceanothus verrucosus) | Western Ragweed ( Ambrosia psilostachya ) | White Sage | Wild Cucumber (Marah macrocarpus) | Wild Raddish (Matthiola incana) | Wind Poppy (Stylomecon heteronphylla) | Woolly Yerba Santa (Erodictyon crassifolium)

Coyote Bush (Baccharis pilularis)

Coyote brush is a wiry and woody perennial evergreen that looks like a bush. One of the tricks Coyote brush uses is to take on a different shape depending on where it lives. Shaped by salt spray and winds, it hugs low to the ground and forms a ground cover on dunes, ridges and plains. In protected places, like moist canyons and northwest slopes, it grows into tall, erect to mounded shrubs.

Its numerous small and stiff grey-green leaves are jagged on the edges. Egg-shaped and from 0.5-1.0 inch long, the leaves have a waxy coating that reduces the amount of moisture lost to evaporation into the air. Best of all, the leaves are fire-retardant, meaning that they have a chemical makeup that reduces their ability to catch on fire. These evergreen leaves tend to crown the upper branches of Coyote brush. The leaves become fragrant and sticky with resinous oils on hot summer days. These oils are unappetizing and may protect the plant from being eaten.
Coyote Bush (Baccharis  pilularis)
Coyote Bush (Baccharis pilularis)
Coyote Bush (Baccharis  pilularis)
Coyote Bush (Baccharis pilularis)
Coyote Bush (Baccharis  pilularis)
Coyote Bush (Baccharis pilularis)
Coyote Bush (Baccharis  pilularis)
Coyote Bush (Baccharis pilularis)