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Bassia hyssopifolia (fivehook bassia)

Bassia hyssopifolia
Bassia hyssopifolia
Photo courtesy Joseph DiTomaso

Bassia hyssopifolia (fivehook bassia) is an annual herb (family Chenopodiaceae) found throughout California, except in high elevation areas in the northwestern region of the state and Sierra Nevada Mountains. It prefers wetland areas, alkaline habitats and disturbed places such as roadsides and fields. Fivehook bassia is acceptable forage for sheep in small amounts, but the foliage can be toxic in large quantities. The plant produces copious amounts of seed, but small populations can be controlled by mechanically removing plants before seed set. Mowing and grazing are not suitable control methods, as the plants commonly resprout from the base after such treatment.

Cal-IPC Inventory rating: Limited

Cal-IPC Resources on Bassia hyssopifolia

Cal-IPC News Articles

  • None for this species.

Cal-IPC Symposium Proceedings

  • Devender, T. R. V., R. S. Frlger, et al. (1997). Exotic plants in the Sonoran desert region, Arizona and Sonora. California Exotic Pest Plant Council Symposium '97. Concord, CA.

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