Gutierrezia sarothrae (synonym: Xanthocephalum sarothrae)
• Bushy, evergreen shrub of halfshrub that grows from 4-16 inches in height.
• Flowers from June to October.
• Reproduces from seed.
• Provides little browse for livestock; of minimal value to cattle and horses; can be toxic to sheep, goats, and cattle — particularly during the winter or early spring when poor forage availability forces animals to consumer large quantities. Saponins present in the foliage are responsible for the poisoning.
• Can be an indicator of overgrazing.
• Southwest Indians chewed pieces of the plant and placed it on bee and wasp stings.
• Adapted to dry, well-drained, sandy, gravelly, or clay loam soils.