Name: Scale Broom

(Lepidospartum squamatum)

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
Flowering Season: August thru November
Notes: A native shrub, its leaves appear as tiny "scales" on the branches during dry months. This characteristic, along with the fact that Native Americans used the stick-like branches to make brooms, gave rise to its nickname. The leaves grow into small ovals in the wet season. Can reach 5 feet.

Photographs by Gabi McLean
Scale Broom (Lepidospartum squamatum)