Seeds: Round, fuzzy, white capsule about 0.25 inches in diameter.
Elevation: Up to about 4,500 ft.
Comments: Creosote bushes are thought to include the oldest individual plants on
earth. This species grows from seeds and by cloning, and some clones in
southern California have been carbon dated to about 11,000 year old.
This species gives the desert a characteristic musky odor
after summer rains. After summer thunderstorms (localized, heavy rain
storms), you can see patches or bands of bright green creosote bush
stretching out across the landscape where it rained, while the
surrounding landscape remains brown.
Anna's Hummingbirds sometimes feed on the yellow flowers.