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Natural History

Arrowweed is a member of the Sunflower Family. It appears as a large brushy shrub and has adopted to blowing sand and soil erosion by growing in clumps resembling corn shocks. Leaves are grayish green and narrow to 1.5 inches in length and grow all along the stems of the plant. Arrowweed typically grows in wet places such as coastal sage scrub, creosote bush scrub and low desert salt flats.

Arrowweed is a salt tolerant plant and typically grows in areas with low to moderate soil salinity.

The plant booms between March - July and produces lavender rayless flowers. Native Americans used the stems of Arroweed for arrow shafts and the wood to build shelters.

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