Herb: Dwarf Chaparral Broom

Latin name: Baccharis pilularis

Family: Compositae

Medicinal use of Dwarf Chaparral Broom:

An infusion of the plant has been used as a general remedy or panacea.

Description of the plant:


50 cm
(1 foot)

July to

Habitat of the herb:

Coastal sand dunes and hills.

Other uses of Dwarf Chaparral Broom:

An effective ground-cover plant for sunny banks. The plant has an extensive root system and is very useful for stabilizing sand dunes etc.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - no pre-treatment is required. Surface sow in pots a cold frame in the spring, do not let the compost dry out. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 2 weeks. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the cold frame for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame. Very easy. Cuttings of mature wood of the current seasons growth, November in a frame. Easy.

Cultivation of Dwarf Chaparral Broom:

Coastal sand dunes and hills.

Known hazards of Baccharis pilularis:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.