Baccharis myrsinites, also known as desert broom, is a deciduous shrub that belongs to the Asteraceae family. Baccharis myrsinites has a long history of medicinal use by Native Americans, who brewed the leaves and stem into a tea to treat respiratory ailments, fever, and pain. The plant contains triterpenoids, flavonoids, and sesquiterpenes with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities. Additionally, the plant has been used as a natural insecticide and in the manufacture of brooms, hence the common name "desert broom."In landscaping, Baccharis myrsinites is a popular choice for erosion control, as it has a deep root system that helps stabilize slopes and prevent soil erosion. It is also drought-tolerant and requires little maintenance, making it an ideal plant for xeriscaping.Baccharis myrsinites is hardy to USDA zones 7-10 and can be grown in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry, well-drained soil and is tolerant of poor soil conditions, including alkaline soil.