Chamaebatiaria millefolium

Fernbush (Desert Sweet)

 

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Chamaebatiaria millefolium (also known as Desert Sweet or Fernbush) is a beautiful native shrub that brightens the garden in mid-summer with big clusters of bright white flowers. It also has attractive dried seed heads and olive-green foliage. Drought resistant perennial plant (xeric).

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Zones 4 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20", 20 to 30"
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Summer
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Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU HBLN751

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5-6' tall x 6-8' wide. Chamaebatiaria millefolium (also known as Fernbush known as Desert Sweet) is a choice native shrub that blooms in mid-summer with fragrant spikes of white flowers followed by ornamental seed heads that ripen to bronze. The semi-evergreen, fern-like foliage is deep olive-green in color and very attractive. Fernbush is a valuable plant for enhancing the garden's value for habitat as the flowers are highly attractive to native bees. Native over much of the western US, it is highly adaptable and grows in poor soils and dry conditions.
SKU HBLN751
Common Name Fernbush (Desert Sweet)
Botanical Name Chamaebatiaria millefolium
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color White
Mature Height 6-8' tall
Mature Spread 6-8' wide
Bloom Time Summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30"
Advantages Deer Resistant, Native
Ideal Region Western Only, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Growing Shrubs and Small Trees:
The shrubs and trees we sell are 1-2 year-old seedlings. These young plants appreciate some extra attention during their first 3 years in your landscape.

    Preferred growing conditions:
  • Check each species soil preferences before planting. Some do well in clay while others do not.
  • Mulch with common mulching materials. As they get larger (2 ft. or more in height), thicken the mulch layer to a depth of 2-3 inches.
  • Even xeric (waterwise) species will establish better and grow more quickly when given regular irrigation during the first 3 years in the garden. As they begin to reach maturity, watering frequency can be reduced to a good deep soaking every 10 to 14 days during the heat of summer.
  • Plant in full sun or part sun depending on plant preference.
  • Dig a wide but shallow hole and enrich the soil with ample amounts of compost and Yum Yum. This will help them to grow and mature more quickly.
  • Special comments:
  • Most native shrubs and trees are highly recommended for providing wildlife habitat (nesting spots, fruit or seeds for songbirds and mammals, nectar for pollinators).
  • They are excellent for use to grow as natural (un-sheared!) hedges along fences, property lines and driveways. They live for many years once established.
  • Garden Care:
  • Fertilize in the fall with Yum Yum Mix and good quality compost. This is most important during the first 3 years in the landscape. Established plants don't need to be fertilized (unless growth is stunted by extremely poor soils).
  • Where browsing animals (rabbits, deer and others) are a problem, it is advisable to protect young plants with a wire cage. These can be removed after 3-4 years in the ground.
  • Mulching is essential to maintain the soil moisture these woody plants need to establish their deep growing roots. Be sure and replenish the mulch in fall and summer to keep it sufficiently deep.

  • View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

Shipping

Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Spring-Planted Perennial and Bulb orders will ship from February 27-June 30, warmest zones first. Most plant orders will arrive within 3-4 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

Grass Plugs Will ship at planting time in spring 2017, beginning in late February.

Wildflower Seed & Grass Seed Orders ship within 2-3 days.

Standard shipping costs are $4.99 and up, depending on the size of the order.

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High Country GardensChamaebatiaria millefolium
 
4.6

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  • Hardy (3)

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5.0

Good Choice!

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from Cotopaxi, CO

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Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Doing well at 7800'
  • Fragrant
  • Healthy
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Chamaebatiaria millefolium:

    Using several of these to encourage pollinators and fill in empty spots in the back yard. Plants have doubled in size meaning they went from 4" to 8" during the growing season. Can't wait for them to fill out to full size in a couple of years. Meanwhile they are tough little shrubs withstanding poor (alkaline) soil amended with compost and regular watering and intense sunlight and heavy winds. Have stayed grey-green all winter. Looking forward to the flowers when they get older.

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    5.0

    Lovely no-care plant; Ultimate size a concern

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    from Fort Collins, CO

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        Comments about High Country Gardens Chamaebatiaria millefolium:

        I purchased two of these the year before last and liked them so much that I added a third. One survived a child-trampling, which broke or damaged most branches. Mine have been fairly fast growers for a no/low water plant and maintenance free. They have a nice aroma and year-round that varies by season. I'd highly recommend this shrub to anyone planting western natives.

        This is a Plant Select plant, where is as listed as 3-5' W and 3-5' H. Since putting the first two in the ground I've seen some locally that make me worry they might eclipse the 8' W and 6' H listed here. PS says, "Less water promotes a more compact and upright growth pattern," and that it can take pruning, so we'll see if I can keep the size in check.

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        5.0

        Small but growing

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        from Pueblo West Colorado

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        Pros

        • Accurate Instructions
        • Hardy
        • Healthy
        • Nice Color
        • Nice Foliage

        Cons

        • Small In Size

        Best Uses

        • Garden

        Comments about High Country Gardens Chamaebatiaria millefolium:

        I purchased the fern bushes to fill in space and to add year long color. They arrived fairly small in size but nice and healthy. Planted them in the fall and they stayed green all winter as promised. Now that its spring they look very healthy and are getting nice and full. Overall I am pleased with them and will probably order a few more.

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        3.0

        Fernbush

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        from Denver, CO

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        Cons

        • Small In Size

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        Comments about High Country Gardens Chamaebatiaria millefolium:

        Planted last fall to replace a barberry bush - it survived the winter and is starting to grow. Although healthy, for a bush/shrub, it was a small plant and seems like it might take years to reach proper size, but we'll see what this summer brings.

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        5.0

        LOVE Fernbush, also called Desert Sweet and rightly so.

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        from Minden, NV elevation 4500 ft

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        Pros

        • Attractive
        • Fragrant
        • Hardy
        • Healthy

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          • Outdoors

          Comments about High Country Gardens Chamaebatiaria millefolium:

          Fernbush is a beautiful, fragrant plant. It is well adapted to the severe high desert conditions we live in. Extreme temperature swings 0 to 105, hot, dry, sandy soil, heavy winds, snow in winter, not much precip the rest of the year. As with most plants, the first two years there wasn't much growth as it got itself established, then it took off. In 5 years time it was at mature size. The honey bees absolutely love it. Not only are the flowers fragrant, the leaves have an amazing soft sweet smell all year. In our most severe winters it has shed about 1/2 the leaves, in milder (for us) winters it hardly drops any.
          We have a long row of Fernbush all along our retaining wall in front of the patio. We love to sit and watch the bees and smell the sweet fragrance. The older the plants have gotten the more dense they have gotten and thus make a nice, natural screen. We also planted several others around different areas of the yard where we wanted to attract the bees and act as a backdrop to certain other plants. Love this versatile (almost) evergreen.

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          USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

          To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

          • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
          • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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