Plant ID #1: Willow Baccharis

Here’s our first trivia plant identification.  Simply be the first to “comment” on this post with the correct common name and I will send you a pair of leather gloves!  Thanks to Benny Martinez with Dow AgroSciences for donating the gloves and plant pictures.

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THE ANSWER:

As identified by Dr. Barron Rector, the above 2 pictures are of Baccharis salicina Torr. & Grey. Commonly, we call this plant:

  • Willow baccharis
  • Poverty plant
  • Roosevelt willow

Notice that this is the way the plant looks early in the season (March) where new leaves are coming out at nodes on the stem growth of last year. The leaves are clustered at these nodes, are fairly narrow, and the leaf has a series of remote teeth on the margin of the leaves.  This plant is a smooth shrub in the Asteraceae or Sunflower Family.  It’s a perennial, warm-season native.  For more pictures and information, click HERE.

Willow baccharis can be controlled with herbicides during the spring, when leaves are fully expanded and dark green in color.  The only broadcast recommendation in the B-1466 Chemical Recommendation Guide is 2,4-D (low volatile ester) at 48-96 oz/acre or you can apply with the individual plant treatment (IPT) method using a 1% rate of tricopyr (Remedy), or Triclyopyr:Fluroxypr (3:1) (Pasturegard), or Picloram:Fluroxypry (1:1) (Surmount).

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