Pentzia incana, African Sheepbush
Scientific Name: Pentzia incana
Common Name: African Sheepbush
Also called: Australian Sheepbush, Karoo Bush
Family: Asteraceae, Sunflower Family
Synonyms: (Pentzia virgata)
Size: Up to 1 foot or more.
Growth Form: Sub-shrub; low and rounded, gray pubescent; branches arch down and root.
Leaves: Green; leaves fascicled, small, less than 1 inch; short stalk or petiole, pinnately divided, lobes linear.
Flower Color: Yellow; flower heads ball-like or spherical; about half inch in diameter; solitary heads on tips of long stalks or peduncles; fruit is an achene.
Flowering Season: April to September.
Elevation: 3,000 to 5,500 feet.
Habitat Preferences: Chaparral, pinyon-juniper and oak woodland, sandy or loamy soils.
Recorded Range: In the United States African Sheepbush is found in Arizona and New Mexico. In Arizona it has been recorded or observed in Pinal and Graham Counties and may likely be identified in Gila County.
North America & US County Distribution Map for Pentzia incana.
U.S. Weed Information: No data available.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No data available.
Wetland Indicator: No data available.
Threatened/Endangered Information: No data available.
Comments: African Sheepbush is an aromatic rounded subshrub with arching branching that set root in sandy soil. The photo above was taken near Oak Flats northeast of Superior in Pinal County. This African/Australian plant has moderate forage value and was introduced into Arizona near Safford, by the U.S. Soil Conservation Service. It does not appear to be an aggressive species.