May to June
3 to 4 ft.
3 to 6 ft.
native to the western United States
hardy to 8,000 ft.
Antelope bitterbrush is a native shrub with a low, twisting, and spreading growth habit. Native to the western US, it is very drought-tolerant. It has tiny green leaves with three lobes at the tips.
Its most attractive feature is when it is in bloom, being covered with many small, light yellow flowers in May to June. Antelope bitterbrush can be great for a western landscape with native plants. This plant may have limited availability at nurseries, so you may have to special order it.
There is one antelope bitterbrush at the Xeriscape Garden. It has been a slow grower, but is quite attractive when in bloom. It looks a lot like stansbury's cliffrose, but the flowers are smaller and the branches are more upright.
Prune out dead wood, if needed.